GREENWOOD, S.C. – Four people were charged with assault after authorities said they wrote sexually explicit statements on a 20-year-old man who passed out at a party and was later killed in a drunken driving crash.
Griffen James Lollis became angry when he woke up around midnight May 16 and realized that other people at the party had written sexually explicit and graphic statements on his abdomen, chest, face and legs using what appeared to be a black permanent marker, authorities said.
Lollis later tried to drive home and died after being ejected from his pickup truck in Greenville County, Deputy Coroner Ken Coppins said. Lollis had a blood-alcohol level of 0.267 percent, which is more than three times the legal limit for driving of .08 percent, Coppins said. Alcohol and prescription drugs also were in the car, he said.
Later Wednesday, authorities charged four people -- Andrew Charles "Drew" Argo, 21, of Honea Path; Hali Elizabeth Holliday, 21, of Anderson; Winford Lee Lamb, 24, of Honea Path; and James Larry Ridge Jr., 21, of Honea Path -- with assault and battery. Argo has also been charged with transfer of alcohol to a person under 21.
All four were released on bond Thursday. They each face up to 30 days in jail if convicted.
County prosecutor Jerry Peace said Friday he didn't know if the four had attorneys.