Murder Lexapro & Remeron Antidepressants 2010-05-20 South Carolina Mother Investigated in 17 Year Old Daughter's Death: Mother Then Dies of Heart Failure
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Paragraphs three & four read:  "Three days before police were to conduct another interview with Rucker about her daughter’s death, Rucker died of congestive heart failure, the coroner said.

"Newly released toxicology results obtained by News 4 show Rucker had several prescription medicines in her system, including Xanax, Lunesta, Remeron and Lexapro, but none of those medications caused her death, according to Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore."



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Exclusive: Details Released In Teen's Death

Investigators: Teen’s Mother, Now Deceased, Was Only Suspect

Mandy Gaither, WYFF News 4 Reporter

POSTED: 11:09 pm EDT May 19, 2010
UPDATED: 9:53 am EDT May 20, 2010
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WILLIAMSTON, S.C. --

A mother, who is now dead, has been singled out by police as the only suspect in her teenage daughter's death.

A month after LaVette Rucker’s death, police opened up to WYFF News 4 about the evidence they said pointed to Rucker as the person who killed her 17-year-old daughter, Asha, in November.

Three days before police were to conduct another interview with Rucker about her daughter’s death, Rucker died of congestive heart failure, the coroner said.

Newly released toxicology results obtained by News 4 show Rucker had several prescription medicines in her system, including Xanax, Lunesta, Remeron and Lexapro, but none of those medications caused her death, according to Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore.

In an exclusive interview with News 4’s Mandy Gaither, Williamston Police Chief Richard Inman released information about the case against Rucker that’s never been made public before.

Inman said a tire imprint found on Asha’s body matched tires on her mother’s Dodge Magnum. He also said dirt and foliage found underneath Rucker’s car was tested by a forensic botanist and was consistent with dirt and foliage found on Long Cane Lane in Greenville County, where Asha’s body was reportedly dumped.

"We know that at some point LaVette Rucker's vehicle, her Dodge Magnum, was at the dump site prior to law enforcement arriving there," said Inman.

Inman also said Rucker was the one who led law enforcement to Asha’s body. Inman said Rucker told them an elderly man in a Pelzer grocery store told her the location.

"We reviewed video surveillance tapes and Lavette Rucker was never in BI-LO that day," said Inman.

Rucker’s Attorney, Sarah Drawdy, maintains her client’s innocence.

"None of that so-called evidence [police] shared with you is anything that's been cross-examined by independent analysts. They wanted to make this case and look for anything that would fit a theory they'd come up with,” said Drawdy.

"LaVette Rucker is innocent. Always will be innocent. [Police] have not produced any evidence, no forensics, no testimonial evidence, there's no physical evidence. There is nothing," she said.

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