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Beaufort Co. deputy fired following internal investigation

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A Beaufort County deputy has been fired after an internal investigation sparked by the discovery of a recorded conversation between the deputy and one of the men on trial for the 2012 killing of 8-year-old Khalil Singleton. 

According to a news report, Cpl. Curtis Evans was fired, a senior investigator has been re-assigned, and three other officers have been disciplined following the investigation, all because Cpl. Evans recorded himself interrogating Aaron Young Sr. the night Khalil Singleton was shot. 

According to a published report picked up by the Associated Press, Evans did not tell his superiors about the recording. He did not have the authority to question the suspect and he also didn't take steps to have the recording preserved so it could be submitted as evidence. 

The recording came to light during jury selection back in April. 

Aaron Young Sr. claims he told deputies where his gun was hidden because he was told he and his son wouldn't be charged with murder, but they were.  

The following conversation is from a clip from the recording: 

Cpl. Evans: "But they can't prove that it wasn't you without your gun to show that it wasn't your bullet. They can take a match of the bullet and see if it came out of your barrel. If it didn't come out of your barrel, then you guys didn't do it." 

Aaron Young Sr.: "Well, we can't get no gun tonight, can you?" 

Cpl. Evans: "If you tell us where the gun is you can help yourself and your son." 

Aaron Young Sr.: "I don't know." 

Cpl. Evans: "You and your son are going to go down for it with him because you and your son aren't willing to give up that gun. If your slug isn't in that little boy, then you won't be charged for murder." 

Aaron Young Sr., Aaron Young Jr. and Tyrone Robinson were all charged with murder. Their trials were supposed to start in April, but were postponed because of the recordings. 

A new trial date has not yet been set.

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