Charleston Sniper Claims Innocence

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Prosecutor Mark Plants says 36-year-old Shawn Lester was also indicted Thursday on conspiracy and possession charges related to
drugs at the center of the case.

Lester was arrested in April in the slaying of Campbells Creek resident Jeanie Patton.

But he wasn't linked to the other deaths....until now.

Patton and Okey Meadows Jr. were shot Aug. 14, 2003, at separate convenience stores.

Gary Carrier Jr. was killed four days earlier while talking on a pay phone outside another store.

Plants says each was shot with the same rifle.

Public defender George Castelle says Lester insists he's innocent and will contest the charges.

The Associated Press

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