July 7, 2002:
About 4 a.m., Allen twice shot a homeless man, James White, who was
sleeping on a bench in Finlay Park, Deputy 5th Circuit Solicitor
John Meadors said.
July 10, 2002:
Allen killed Dale Evonne Hall, 45. Hall was shot in the head, face, leg
and stomach with a sawed-off, 12-gauge shotgun. Afterward, he drove to a
truck stop, bought a can of gasoline and returned to Oakway Drive off
Two Notch Road in Northeast Richland to douse Hall’s body and set it on
Aug. 8, 2002: After
a confrontation about 10 p.m. with Texas Roadhouse employee Brian
Marquis, Allen fatally shot Marquis’ friend Jedediah Harr, 22, in Harr’s
car. At 10:15 p.m., Allen pursued Marquis to a convenience store and
later drove to his home, where Allen set fire to the porch.
Aug. 9, 2002: About
2 a.m., Allen set fire to the car of another Texas Roadhouse worker on
Parklane Road. A few minutes later, Allen randomly selected another car
to set afire on Longbrook Road.
Aug. 12, 2002:
Allen fatally shot Richard Hawks, 53, of Lowgap, N.C., and Robert Shane
Roush, 29, of Lancaster, Ohio, at a Citgo gasoline station in Dobson,
Aug. 14, 2002: At
about 6:30 a.m., Allen was apprehended in Mitchell County, Texas. Allen
was sleeping in a vehicle at a rest area.
Feb. 20, 2004:
Allen pleaded guilty to the N.C. killings. He was later sentenced to
life in prison.
Feb. 28, 2005: Allen pleaded
guilty to the S.C. killings.
sentenced to life after pleading guilty to 2 NC murders
Feb. 25, 2004
Danbury, North Carolina-AP
Carolina man who admitted killing a clerk and a customer at a
convenience store in North Carolina has been sentenced to life in prison.
Quincy Allen of Columbia pleaded guilty last week to
two counts of murder, two counts of armed robbery and felony larceny.
Allen was sentenced Tuesday to two consecutive life sentences without
parole. Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty.
Allen, 24, pleaded in the deaths of 53-year-old
convenience store clerk Richard Hawks of Lowgap, North Carolina, and 29-year-old
customer Robert Shane Roush of Lancaster, Ohio, at a gasoline station
off Interstate 77 in August, 2002. Investigators say Allen walked in and
without any confrontation shot and killed the two.
Authorities say Allen was on the run from Columbia
for the deaths of 44-year-old Dale Evonne Hall in July 2002 and 22-year-old
Jedediah Harr in August 2002. South Carolina authorities plan to try
Allen for those deaths.
Attorneys Allen say their client is mentally ill and
should serve his life sentence in a psychiatric center. Prosecutors he
has exaggerated some symptoms of mental illness to escape accountability.
Prosecutors say Allen should serve his sentence in a general-population
Prosecutors felt they had more evidence in the North
Carolina cases, so they decided to hold his first trial there. There's
no word when he may go on trial in Richland County. Solicitor Barney
Giese earlier said as soon as the North Carolina trial is over he
planned to have Allen brought to South Carolina as soon as possible.
Allen was brought back to Columbia after Mitchell
County Sheriff's Deputies captured him sleeping in a car on Interstate
20 in Colorado City, Texas, on August 14th, 2002, after he had been on
the run for six days.
Quincy Allen - aka Serial Killer...
self-recorded audiotape was like a diary entry.
“Hello. This is Quincy Allen, AKA Weird Man, AKA Serial Killer ...
Around 3:45 yesterday morning, I tried to kill someone in Finlay Park.”
incident marked the start of a monthlong summer crime spree in 2002 that
left two people dead in Richland County and two more dead in North
Monday, the 30-second tape became evidence in the opening minutes of the
punishment phase of Allen’s capital murder trial. Testimony continues at
9:30 a.m. today.
week, Allen pleaded guilty to several crimes that were part of the
spree, including the two Richland County killings.
doing that, Allen bypassed a jury trial and left circuit court Judge G.
Thomas Cooper Jr. to determine whether he will spend the rest of his
life in prison or die by lethal injection.
February 2004, Allen pleaded guilty in North Carolina to killing two men
on Aug. 12, 2002, in a Dobson, N.C., gas station. He was sentenced to
life in prison as part of a plea bargain.
Allen to be sentenced to die in South Carolina, prosecutors must show
there was an aggravating circumstance behind at least one of the
his tape about the Finlay Park shooting, Allen described his July 7,
2002, encounter with James White in matter-of-fact tones, even mocking
the homeless man at one point.
guess he didn’t see my 12-gauge shotgun,” Allen said on the tape.
was shot and injured while he was sleeping on a swing in the downtown
Monday morning in court, White told Cooper he was awakened by someone
yelling at him. After being shot in the shoulder, he began yelling and
screaming in a successful attempt to get the shooter to run off.
Allen fled, White said he walked to Palmetto Health Baptist hospital,
where he was treated.
his opening argument, 5th Circuit Solicitor Barney Giese described
White’s shooting and the incidents that followed as an “unprecedented
crime spree in this area.”
Defense attorneys told Cooper the evidence will show that Allen was a
byproduct of physical abuse and mental disorders, including
the span of about a year during the late 1990s, Allen was in and out of
psychiatric facilities six times, defense attorney Kimberly Stevens
week, Allen admitted to the July 10, 2002, slaying of Dale Evonne Hall,
45, and the Aug. 8, 2002, shooting death of Jedediah Harr, 22, along
with other crimes committed around the same time.
tragic end to a special day
Tiffany Todd Marquis, Harr’s death came at the end of what was supposed
to be a special day for her.
hours before the shooting death of Harr, his best friend, Brian Marquis
got down on one knee and proposed to Tiffany Todd at the Texas Roadhouse
restaurant on Two Notch Road.
“Spirits in the restaurant were up and up,” she said.
Tiffany Todd, along with Brian Marquis and Allen, all worked at the
restaurant and were friends. Brian Marquis happened to be off that day
and made a special trip back to the Northeast Richland restaurant to
the mood changed when Allen sneaked up behind her, Tiffany Marquis
was trying to light my apron on fire,” she said.
puzzled her, but other actions by Allen that evening led her to call
Brian Marquis back to the restaurant, she said.
drove him to the Texas Roadhouse. Tiffany Marquis was inside and didn’t
see what happened when Harr later was shot and killed outside.
look outside, and I see ambulance lights and police officer lights
flashing everywhere,” she testified. “I knew something had happened, but
I didn’t know what.”
Tiffany and Brian Marquis carry Harr’s memory with them every day.
Deputy Solicitor John Meadors asked her to tell Cooper their child’s
is Brian Jedediah Marquis,” she said.