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Murder charges dropped in 2005 slayings

Murder charges have been dropped against a Myrtle Beach woman who was accused of killing her mother and stepfather in 2005.

Bambi Bennett and her live-in boyfriend, Richard Gagnon, had both been charged in the slayings of Diane and Charles Parker Sr. in their Nixonville home in April 2005. They were each charged with two counts of murder and one count of first-degree burglary.

However, citing a lack of evidence, 15th Circuit Solicitor Greg Hembree announced on Wednesday morning that he is dropping all charges against Bennett.

He said the charges will be dropped without prejudice, meaning they could be reinstated if further evidence materializes.

``We have exhausted all of our investigative resources,'' Hembree said. ``We've looked at all the evidence we can find. We have insufficient evidence to warrant a charge against her at this time. It's my responsibility to dismiss the charges.''

Bennett has been free on bond since Oct. 18, 2005, according to officials at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

The initial charges have not changed against Gagnon, who remains in custody. He is scheduled to stand trial in December, Hembree said.

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