|The Deaths of Billy Powell and Caroline Aiken|
A coroner's jury today had returned a verdict that Annie Caroline Aiken, 25, came to her death as the result of gunshot wounds inflicted by Billy Powell, who then took his own life by firing a bullet into his brain early Sunday morning at a service station north of Anderson.
Testimony at the inquest brought out that Miss Aiken was the mother of Powell's seven-year-old son, and that Powell was trying to get her to marry him but that she apparently shunned him.
The shooting took place shortly after midnight Sunday morning. Miss Aiken was killed instantly and Powell died four hours later at Memorial Hospital.
Witnesses at the inquest testified that Miss Aiken entered the service station shortly before midnight and ordered a beer. Powell arrived later and joined her. At closing time, they went out, Miss Aiken first, and Powell following.
Witnesses said they saw Powell grab the girl by the arm and jerk her around as they left the place. Several shots were then heard, and both were found lying on the ground.
Testifying were Columbus Heaton, Miss Frances Foster, Miss Muriel Bailey, and Pat Hicks, all of whom were at the station; Frank Keaton, operator of the place; Mrs. George R. Aiken, mother of the murdered girl, and Deputy Joe Kay, who investigated the shoting with Highway Patrolman G. B. DuBose.
The jury deliberated but a few minutes before returning the verdict that Annie Caroline Aiken came to her death as the result of gunshot wounds inflicted by Billy Powell, who then shot himself.
SOURCE: News article, Anderson, South Carolina, Anderson Daily-Mail, 18 August 1948, p. 2.