Hearing to be held on legal representation for Seth Hopkins

Seth Hopkins in court, Nov. 1, 2018) Credut: Tonya Brown/WPDE)

The son of the man accused of shooting seven law enforcement officers in Florence appeared in court Thursday morning for a preliminary hearing.

Seth Hopkins is charged with two counts criminal sexual conduct against a minor.

Deputies went to the Hopkins’ Florence home back on Oct. 3 to search the home and interview Seth about a sex crime against a child.

Police say that’s when Frederick Hopkins, Jr., shot seven officers, killing Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway and Florence County Sheriff's Investigator Farrah Turner.

12th Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements said Seth Hopkins’ brother sent a handwritten letter to the court, on his brother’s behalf, requesting a preliminary hearing .

Seth initially said he wanted to go through with the hearing but didn’t have an attorney. Prosecutors said his application for a public defender was denied because it was determined that Seth wasn’t indigent.

Seth then changed his mind, saying it maybe was best to hold off on the hearing. Magistrate Brian Griffin continued the hearing for a later time.

Clements said a hearing will be held next week to address legal representation for Seth. The hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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