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    (CNN)A South Carolina judge revoked bond Thursday for Curtis Edward Smith, the man accused of shooting disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh in the head last year in an alleged insurance fraud scheme. Smith, a former acquaintance and client of Murdaugh, faces a myriad of charges in relation to his involvement with the former attorney. Alex Murdaugh pleads not guilty to murders of his wife and sonJudge Clifton Newman said Smith misrepresented his financial status and "willfully violated the house arrest conditions of his bond." He added: "Mr. Smith came to me from jail. His bond is revoked and he is put back in jail."Misleading the court about money was "the initial reason for the motion to revoke bond," said the state prosecutor, adding that GPS tracking information showed Smith visited Walmart, private residences, and other locations "inconsistent with his house arrest." Read MoreDefense attorneys argued that Smith "is a man of limited means," and was driving for work-related and medical purposes.Smith, who was in court, issued an apology, saying in part he was not trying to hide the money. "I've had...
    A South Carolina man serving as a medic in the Ukrainian military was identified by his commanding officer over the weekend as one of two Americans killed in action last week. Luke “Skywalker” Lucyszyn, a 31-year old Myrtle Beach resident, died on July 18 in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine after he was knocked unconscious by an artillery strike and fatally shot by a Russian tank, his commander, Ruslan Miroshnichenko, wrote on Facebook. The State Department confirmed the deaths of two Americans in Ukraine on Friday but did not release their names or further details. Family and friends have confirmed reports that Lucyszyn was one of the men who died. Miroshnichenko identified the other American as Bryan Young. Other information about Young wasn’t immediately available Monday. Thousands of foreign fighters, including many Americans, have joined Ukrainian forces battling Russia since it invaded on Feb. 24. Some of the volunteers are hardened veterans from other wars; others have little to no military experience. Lucyszyn’s longtime friend Trey Kober, of North Myrtle Beach, said Lucyszyn left for Ukraine in early April...
    The man who police say fled after murdering his wife Sunday in Springfield, Virginia, was arrested in South Carolina on Monday morning. The homicide was reported to Fairfax County Police on Sunday afternoon by Jose Hernandez Mejia’s family members. Meijia had called them to his residence and told them he had stabbed his wife, police said. More Fairfax County News More Virginia News This is a developing story. Stay with WTOP for the latest.
    A South Carolina man reportedly high on meth has been charged in the shooting death of an eight-year-old boy.   The suspect identified as 40-year-old Charles Montgomery Allen allegedly shot at three cars at random as they drove by his home on Old River Road near the city of Florence, South Carolina, CBS Boston reported.  Allen was arrested at his home in Old River Road after a brief standoff with a SWAT team, according to the Florence County Sheriff's Department. He now faces charges of murder, attempted murder, discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.  He is being held without bond at Florence County Detention Center. The young victim, Quarius Naqua Dunham, who was from Portsmouth, New Hampshire was on a family vacation in South Carolina for the Memorial Day holiday when the unthinkable tragedy took place. The youngster was struck in the neck. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, and placed on life support before he succumbed to his injuries and passed away. The young victim,...
    Screenshot via WJBF. Karma came quickly for a South Carolina man who police say died of a heart attack while burying his murdered girlfriend in the backyard of the home they shared. On Saturday, an emergency call was made to report “an unresponsive male lying in his yard,” and Edgefield County, South Carolina deputies found Joseph McKinnon, 60, dead next to a recently-dug pit behind the house, which contained the body of Patricia Dent, 65. Edgefield County Sheriff Jody Rowland told reporters that evidence and witness statements showed that McKinnon had apparently strangled Dent in their shared home, bound her, wrapped her body in trash bags, and then dug the pit in the backyard to bury her. Autopsies of the couple showed that McKinnon had died from a “cardiac event,” said Rowland, and Dent to have died from strangulation. The victim’s sister confirmed that Dent had been McKinnon’s girlfriend and expressed shock at what had occurred. As reported by Law & Crime: “I would say a nightmare, and I want to wake up, and it’s a dream,” Dent’s twin sister...
    A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for sexually assaulting a 22-month-old baby and sharing some of the heinous acts on a Skype livestream, federal and state authorities have announced. The convicted child porn producer, 32-year-old David James Allison of Bluffton, confessed to sexually assaulting the toddler at least five times between September and December of 2019, the DOJ said in a release. On January 4, 2020, a family member came across messages between Allison and another man – identified by the DOJ as Andrew McPherson-Young, 52, of West Sussex, United Kingdom – detailing the sexual acts Allison carried out on the toddler, the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in South Carolina said in a press release. After confronting Allison about the messages, the woman alerted the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office to her discovery. Citing the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office incident report, WJCL reported that the woman was Allison’s wife, although the DOJ and solicitor’s office did not identify her relation to Allison other than being a relative. It is unclear if Allison was related...
    WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina officials say they won’t file charges against a boater who fatally shot a man that he helped rescue from the water. A statement from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office says 10th Judicial Circuit Solicitor David Wagner ruled that the Tuesday shooting of 29-year-old Nathan Drew Morgan by an unnamed 74-year-old man was in self-defense. Morgan, a Walhalla resident, was shot aboard a pontoon boat on Lake Keowee. Morgan and a woman were in distress, having fallen off their Jet Ski into the lake, Oconee County sheriff’s officials said earlier. The two had no life jackets and the Jet Ski was circling. The 74-year-old man and his wife on a pontoon boat drove over to help fish the pair out of the lake, the sheriff’s office said. The couple on the boat told authorities Morgan became agitated once he got on board and started assaulting them. Investigators were told he may have wanted to get back on the Jet Ski. They also believe there may have been an argument between Morgan and the woman...
    (CNN)South Carolina prosecutors decided not to file charges in a case where a man who fell off a recreational watercraft was fatally shot by his rescuer, according to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office.Prosecutors ruled the shooting self-defense, the sheriff's office said in a statement.The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon, when a man and woman -- neither wearing life jackets -- fell off a Jet Ski into Lake Keowee, the sheriff's office said in an earlier news release, citing the information and evidence gathered in the investigation.A couple on a nearby pontoon boat saw the man and woman "in distress in the water" and brought them on board, the sheriff's office said, as the Jet Ski continued doing circles in the lake."The man, who had been rescued, became agitated and began assaulting the couple on the pontoon," the statement said. "Investigators have been told that the man may have wanted to get back to the Jet Ski."Read MoreThe rescued woman tried to de-escalate the situation by pushing the agitated man back into the water, the statement said. The couple then helped him...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man who shot and killed three people in a South Carolina home where he was living and then used their smartphones to send himself money for a plane ticket was sentenced to life in prison Friday after pleading guilty. Jeffery Powell killed his aunt’s husband, a cousin and his cousin’s daughter in their Greenwood home last August. He also shot and wounded an 8-year-old boy who hid in a bathroom with his dead sister for several hours before going to a neighbor’s home to look for help, Solicitor David Stumbo said. Powell, 37, came into 32-year-old Megan Dinkins’ bedroom on Aug. 2 and shot at her and her children as they slept, Stumbo said. He then waited for 56-year-old Randy Perkins to come home from his overnight shift at a plant, shooting him three times in the back of the head. Perkins still had his lunchbox slung over his shoulder when police found his body, the prosecutor said. Police rushing to the home had to step over Perkins’ body to check the rest of the...
    IONE (CBS13) — One was arrested in Ione for attempted homicide and weapons charges, said the Amador County Sheriff’s Office. Around 8 p.m. on Friday, Deputies were dispatched to an Ione residence to a report of a man with a gun inside a victim’s house. READ MORE: Stabbing Leads To Death On Norwood Ave In SacramentoThey later discovered that the perpetrator was Austin McDonald of South Carolina who had a warrant out for his arrest for attempted homicide in South Carolina. As deputies approached the house, McDonald emerged and they were able to safely take him into custody. READ MORE: House Fire West Of The City Of WaterfordIn addition to the attempted homicide, McDonald was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, criminal threats, intimidating a victim to deter from reporting a crime, brandishing a firearm, and attempting to conceal evidence. McDonald was booked into Amador County Jail where he is being held without bail due to a warrant. MORE NEWS: Fire Reported On 1st Avenue In SacramentoNo injuries were reported at the residence in Ione.
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A small-town police officer in South Carolina was taken into custody Wednesday after shooting and killing a man whose family said was unarmed and driving away from a traffic stop. The name of the Hemingway officer and the charges against her won’t be released until she is served the arrest warrants, 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson told reporters. Robert Junior Langley, 46, died in the early Sunday shooting after the officer thought he ran a stop sign and chased him out of the town of 530 and into rural Georgetown County, investigators and an attorney for the family said. Investigators showed the family some dashboard camera footage of the shooting Wednesday morning, family attorney Bakari Sellers said at a news conference. “They were able to hear him being shot unjustifiably. They were able to see him gargling blood and fighting for air,” Sellers said. Langley didn’t have any arrest warrants and made no action that would have led the officer to fear she was going to be killed, Sellers said. “He rolled through a stop sign....
    American Idol alum Caleb Kennedy has been charged with felony DUI resulting in death following a crash in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Tuesday that left a man dead. South Carolina Highway Patrol Master Trooper Mitchell Ridgeway told WYFF4 that the 17-year-old singer was driving a 2011 Ford pick-up northbound on West Murph Road that careened into a private driveway and struck a residential building in which a man named Larry Duane Parris, 54, was inside. Parris was pronounced dead at 3:45 p.m. at a nearby hospital in the wake of the crash, Rusty Clevenger of the Spartanburg County Coroners Office told the outlet. The latest: American Idol alum Caleb Kennedy, 17, has been charged with felony DUI resulting in death following a crash in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Tuesday that left a man dead Kennedy was hospitalized after the crash and taken to a nearby hospital, Ridgeway told the station. Kennedy made headlines last year after he withdrew from American Idol amid a racism scandal, as he was seen in a social media clip seated next to a person wearing an...
    A South Carolina man who murdered a woman he was dating and left her body in a ditch in 2017 pleaded guilty was sentenced this week to 45 years in prison.  Raymond Nolan, 30, killed Shelby Head, 40, in November 2017 but her body wasn’t found until February 2018 in a Marlboro County drainage ditch, police said, according to WPDE-TV in South Carolina.  Head had originally been reported missing by her estranged husband and had to be identified through dental records.  Raymond Nolan, 30, pleaded guilty on Thursday to killing Shelby Head and was sentenced to 45 years.  (Bennettsville Police Department) Her cause of death was ruled as stab wounds and blunt force trauma to her head, according to WPDE.  GABBY PETITO CASE: BRIAN LAUNDRIE BANK FRAUD CHARGES DROPPED BY WYOMING US ATTORNEY The body of Shelby Head, 40, was found in a ditch in February 2018 three months after she went missing. Raymond Nolan pleaded guilty to her murder Thursday.  (Bennettsville Police Department) Nolan and Head met online and he had a history of domestic violence, police...
    A man has been arrested in connection with the 1986 kidnapping and murder of a then-4-year-old South Carolina girl.  Deputies in Lexington County have been searching for Jessica Gutierrez since her disappearance over 35 years ago.   On Thursday, 61-year-old  Thomas Eric McDowell was arrested by police in North Carolina about 20 miles from his home in Raleigh. McDowell is awaiting extradition and currently is sitting in a jail cell in Wake County, North Carolina.  He was living in Lexington County when Gutierrez went missing overnight in June 1986, authorities said. On Thursday, 61-year-old Thomas Eric McDowell (pictured) was arrested by police in North Carolina about 20 miles from his home in Raleigh Jessica Gutierrez, 4, has been missing since June 6, 1986, when she was taken from her home by a man who had broken in through the window Footage from outside the home of the Gutierrez family on the morning that Jessica was kidnapped RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'Not like a school trip': Judge slams woman who brought... Uber driver who got stranded...
    South Carolina authorities have cracked a 35-year-old cold case involving a 4-year-old girl who investigators now believe was kidnapped in the middle of the night and killed, leading them one step closer to finding the child’s remains.   Wake Forest Police arrested 61-year-old Thomas Eric McDowell on Thursday in connection with the June 1986 disappearance of Jessica Gutierrez, officials announced. McDowell has been charged with murder, kidnapping and first-degree burglary, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office said.  Authorities learned of McDowell’s involvement after they "took a fresh look" at the case with the help of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office and agents and analysts with the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team, Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said.  McDowell was a Lexington County resident in 1986, and now lives about 20 miles north of Raleigh, North Carolina. He was nabbed at his home and is being held at the Wake County Detention Center, officials said. His next court date was scheduled for Friday.   COLD CASE MURDER, RAPE OF ATLANTA GIRL, 14, SOLVED WITH DNA, POLICE SAY Investigators interviewed more...
    (CNN)A South Carolina man was sentenced to 28 years in prison Tuesday after he fled from a burning car and left his 19-month-old daughter to die in the blaze in order to escape a police chase, according to a news release from the Spartanburg County Solicitor's Office.State troopers tried to stop Imhotep O. Norman, 28, in April 2019 for speeding, the release said. Norman drove over a median and onto Interstate 85 with flames and heavy smoke spewing from his car, the release said. After troopers forced him to the right lane of the road, Norman jumped out of the burning vehicle and left his daughter, Xena R. Norman, in her car seat, the release said. Norman later told investigators he thought law enforcement officials would rescue her, according to the release.Norman's daughter died due to acute carbon monoxide poisoning and thermal burns, the release said.Norman told the judge during his first bond hearing in 2019 that he did not know the car was on fire when he got out, according to CNN affiliate WHNS. Read More"I just know that...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local man has drowned while kayaking in South Carolina. According to WSPA, 26-year-old Kellen Mackey of New Brighton was in the area while attending a wedding. Mackey and two other men went kayaking late Friday night on Lake Hartwell. The coroner says Mackey was not wearing a flotation device and could not swim. His body was recovered from the water on Saturday.
    Twitter/PatriotTakes A man was seen asking people where he could find COVID. An unidentified man was seen wandering up and down public sidewalks in South Carolina asking strangers if they knew where he could find COVID. The videos of the incident, which was reported on September 27, are going viral.The Man Asked Random People, While Not Wearing a Mask, Where He Could Find COVIDThe videos were shared on Twitter by an account called PatriotTakes, which simply wrote: “This MAGA is walking around asking people where he can find COVID.” This MAGA is walking around asking people where he can find COVID. pic.twitter.com/mXrVf1BnZ3 — PatriotTakes ???????? (@patriottakes) September 27, 2021 While the man is wearing a red hat with white lettering, it doesn’t actually say “Make America Great Again.” However, it’s unclear exactly what the hat does say. He can be seen asking one person wearing a mask, “Do you know where to find COVID?” He then yells out, “You guys know where to find COVID?” “I’m looking for COVID,” he says as a group of three people approach....
    Police in South Carolina arrested a man suspected to be involved in an alleged murder plot Tuesday. Authorities arrested Curtis Edward Smith under suspicion of being involved in a shooting incident with attorney Alex Murdaugh, which resulted in the death of Murdaugh’s wife and son, according to multiple reports. (RELATED: Man Gets 212 Years After Driving Wife, Two Disabled Sons Into Ocean For Insurance Policies) I have never read of any family with this level of gothic horror. Anyone who has been following the Murdaughs for years, please send me in the direction of knowing more https://t.co/U4jvqt6hSa — Nancy Rommelmann (@NancyRomm) September 15, 2021 “Agents of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Tuesday arrested a Colleton County man in connection with the shooting incident involving Alex Murdaugh on Sept. 4 in Hampton County,” South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Tommy Crosby said in a statement. Smith is facing charges of assisted suicide, assault and battery, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud in connection with the case, according to the South Carolina Law...
    (CNN)Authorities have charged a man in the shooting of a prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh in what they allege was a conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.Curtis Edward Smith, 61, of Colleton County has been charged with assisted suicide; conspiracy to commit insurance fraud; pointing and presenting a firearm; and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.According to the affidavit filed to support the charges, Murdaugh allegedly conspired with Smith in the shooting on September 4, providing him with the firearm and instructing Smith to shoot him in the head. The purpose, according to the affidavit, was for Smith to kill Murdaugh so that his son could collect a life insurance payout of approximately $10 million.Murder and mystery in South Carolina: A timeline of the Murdaugh family killingsMurdaugh, who survived the shooting, admitted to the scheme on Monday, the affidavit said. On Tuesday, Smith admitted to being present at the shooting of Murdaugh and to disposing of the firearm, the affidavit said.Read MoreMurdaugh is described as a co-defendant in the...
    (CNN)A man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after a jury convicted him of murder in the 2019 killing of a South Carolina college student.Nathaniel Rowland, 27, was also found guilty of kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in the killing of Samantha Josephson, a University of South Carolina student. Slain University of South Carolina student died from multiple sharp force injuries, authorities say The 21-year-old USC student had mistakenly gotten into a car Rowland was driving in Columbia, South Carolina, thinking it was an Uber ride she had requested on March 29, 2019, authorities said. Her body was found with multiple sharp force injuries 14 hours later in a field about 90 miles away. Rowland was arrested the following day after police spotted him in a car that matched the description seen in surveillance video. During the sentencing hearing on Tuesday, Josephson's family asked Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman to sentence Rowland to life in prison and expressed the pain they have had to endure. Read More"Words cannot express the anguish our family and...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (CBSNewYork) — A South Carolina man has been convicted in the murder of a New Jersey college student who mistook his car for her Uber ride in 2019. A jury found Nathaniel Rowland guilty in the stabbing death of Samantha Josephson. READ MORE: Capitol Police Detail Violence, Injuries As Hearings Begin Into Jan. 6 Insurrection The 21-year-old from Robbinsville, New Jersey, was away at school at the University of South Carolina. READ MORE: CDC Reverses Course, Recommends People Wear Masks Indoors Where COVID Rates Are High Police say Josephson mistakenly got into her killer’s car, thinking it was her Uber ride. MORE NEWS: Full Lineup Revealed For We Love New York City: The Homecoming Concert In Central Park Prosecutors say Rowland stabbed the victim more than 100 times after trapping her in his car.
    Nathaniel Rowland, of South Carolina, has been convicted of the 2019 abduction and murder of a 21-year-old college student who mistook his car for an Uber ride. The victim, Samantha Josephson, was a University of South Carolina student originally from Robbinsville, New Jersey. Her mother, Marci Josephson, spoke at Rowland’s trial. TEXAS MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN 1995 COLD CASE MURDER OF CALIFORNIA MOM, AUTHORITIES SAY "Her dreams were my dreams, and her death was my death. I close my eyes, and I feel what she endured at his hands," Marci Josephson said. Samantha Josephson got into Rowland’s car thinking it was an Uber ride that would take her back to her apartment, prosecutors said. Instead, she found herself trapped because Rowland had the childproof locks on, investigators said. She was never again seen alive. Covered in roughly 120 stab wounds, her body was later found in remote woods about 65 miles from her pickup location. The death cast a national spotlight on ride-hailing safety and led to some changes, including more prominent displays of driver’s license plates. CARLIE BRUCIA MURDER:...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man was convicted Tuesday of the 2019 abduction and murder of a 21-year-old college student who mistook his car for her Uber ride. The jury took a little more than an hour to find Nathaniel Rowland guilty of the charges in the death of Samantha Josephson of Robbinsville, New Jersey. He was arrested the day after the University of South Carolina student disappeared from Columbia’s Five Points entertainment district in March 2019. READ MORE: Revitalized Park, Honoring 6-Year-Old Boy Who Died Protecting His Sister, Opens In North Camden Josephson got into Rowland’s car thinking it was an Uber ride that would take her back to her apartment, prosecutors said. Instead, she found herself trapped because Rowland had the childproof locks on, investigators said. She was never again seen alive. Covered in roughly 120 stab wounds, her body was later found in remote woods about 65 miles (105 kilometers) from Columbia. The death cast a national spotlight on ride-hailing safety and led to some changes, including more prominent displays of driver’s license plates. “Her...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Jury finds South Carolina man guilty of kidnapping, murdering woman who mistook his car for her Uber ride in 2019. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man killed the college student who mistook his car for her Uber ride in 2019, then abandoned her body in remote woods and scrubbed her blood from the vehicle to try to hide the evidence, prosecutors told a jury Tuesday during closing arguments. Nathaniel Rowland is facing murder and kidnapping charges in the death of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson. The University of South Carolina student from Robbinsville, New Jersey, disappeared from Columbia’s Five Points entertainment district one night in March 2019. Her body was later found by hunters some 65 miles (105 kilometers) from Columbia. Josephson’s body had more than 100 stab wounds and was virtually drained of blood — a death that turned a national spotlight on ride-hailing safety and led to some changes, including more prominent displays of driver license plates. At the trial Tuesday, the prosecution said Rowland circled the block repeatedly and watched Josephson wait for her driver before before approaching her. Josephson then assumed Rowland’s black Chevrolet Impala was the right car and found herself trapped in the...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina man accused of killing New Jersey native Samantha Josephson, who mistook his vehicle for her Uber ride, later tried to clean blood out of the car with bleach, a witness testified Wednesday. Nathaniel Rowland is standing trial on kidnapping and murder charges in the death of the 21-year-old. The University of South Carolina student from Robbinsville, New Jersey, disappeared from Columbia’s Five Points entertainment district one night in March 2019. It was the spring before she was set to graduate and head to law school. READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Thousands Without Power After Severe Storms Dump Hail, Rain Prosecutors have said surveillance camera footage showed Josephson getting into Rowland’s black Chevrolet Impala. Her body — covered with stab wounds, cuts and other abrasions — was later found dumped in some woods about 65 miles (105 kilometers) from Columbia. Other evidence previewed by prosecutors includes phone tracking data and video footage showing Rowland trying to use the victim’s debit card and sell her cell phone. During the second day of witness testimony in the trial at...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina man accused of killing a woman who mistook his vehicle for her Uber ride later tried to clean blood out of the car with bleach, a witness testified Wednesday. Nathaniel Rowland is standing trial on kidnapping and murder charges in the death of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson. The University of South Carolina student from Robbinsville, New Jersey, disappeared from Columbia’s Five Points entertainment district one night in March 2019. It was the spring before she was set to graduate and head to law school. Prosecutors have said surveillance camera footage showed Josephson getting into Rowland’s black Chevrolet Impala. Her body — covered with stab wounds, cuts and other abrasions — was later found dumped in some woods about 65 miles (105 kilometers) from Columbia. Other evidence previewed by prosecutors includes phone tracking data and video footage showing Rowland trying to use the victim’s debit card and sell her cell phone. During the second day of witness testimony in the trial at the Richland County Judicial Center in Columbia, a woman who was dating Rowland...
    COLUMBIA, South Carolina -- The South Carolina man accused of killing the woman who mistook his car for her Uber ride trapped her in the vehicle hours before her body, riddled with stab wounds, was dumped near his family home, prosecutors argued in court Tuesday.Nathaniel Rowland is on trial for the kidnapping and murder of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson. The University of South Carolina student from Robbinsville, New Jersey, disappeared from Columbia's Five Points entertainment district one night in March 2019, the spring before she was set to graduate and head to law school.At opening arguments in Richland County Judicial Center in Columbia, prosecutors previewed evidence and testimony - from surveillance camera footage of Josephson entering Rowland's car to a witness who allegedly watched Rowland clean the blade he used to repeatedly stab Josephson - that would implicate Rowland in the crime.RELATED |Parents of slain SC student: Ask driver 'What's my name?'EMBED More News Videos Parents of slain USC student to talk ride-sharing safety on 'GMA.' Annie McCormick has more on Action News at 6 p.m. on April 14, 2019. Fifth...
    A college student, 21, who mistook a car for her Uber ride was found dead in a wooded area of South Carolina with more than 100 stab wounds, cuts and other abrasions on her body after in 2019, prosecutors said Tuesday during the first day of the trial.  More than two years after Samantha Josephson, a University of South Carolina student from Robbinsville, New Jersey, was found dead, South Carolina man Nathaniel Rowland appeared in court on charges of kidnapping and murder and faces up to life in prison.  Josephson was out with her friends in Columbia's Five Points entertainment district before she entered Rowland's car thinking he was an Uber driver.  Prosecutors said during opening statements that he allegedly tortured her for 65 miles before killing her and dumping her body in the woods near his family's home.  Rowland, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has been in the Richland County jail since his arrest a day after Josephson's disappearance, has maintained his innocence.  In opening arguments in Richland County Judicial Center in Columbia, prosecutors previewed evidence...
    A trial for the South Carolina man accused of kidnapping and killing a woman who mistook his car for her Uber ride began this week, with prosecutors alleging that the man stabbed the victim more than 100 times before dumping her body in the woods near his home.  Nathaniel Rowland is on trial for the kidnapping and murder of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson, a law student who disappeared from Columbia's Five Points entertainment district one night in March 2019.  In opening arguments in Richland County Judicial Center in Columbia, prosecutors previewed evidence and testimony they said would implicate Rowland. That included surveillance camera footage of Josephson entering Rowland's car as well as a witness who the prosecutors say allegedly watched Rowland clean the blade he used to repeatedly stab Josephson. Defendant Nathaniel Rowland speaks with his attorney, Alicia Goode, right, during his trial in Richland County Court, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Columbia, S.C.  (The State via AP) Fifth Circuit Solicitor Byron Gipson said cameras captured Rowland circling the block multiple times in his black Chevrolet Impala before pulling...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Opening arguments are expected Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of killing the South Carolina woman who mistook his car for her Uber ride. Nathaniel Rowland faces kidnapping and murder charges in the 2019 death of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson of Robbinsville, New Jersey. The trial is being held in Richland County Circuit Court in Columbia. The University of South Carolina student got into Rowland’s car in Columbia’s Five Points entertainment district without checking its license plate or having the driver say her name, authorities said. She then was trapped in the vehicle because Rowland had turned on the child locks in his backseat so the doors could only be opened from the outside, authorities said. Investigators later found the victim’s blood and cellphone in Rowland’s black Chevrolet Impala, along with bleach, window cleaner and cleaning wipes. Her body was discovered in woods off a dirt road in Clarendon County about 65 miles (105 kilometers) away with wounds to her head, neck, face, upper body, leg and foot. Rowland could face up to life in...
    WESTMINSTER, S.C. -- An 8-year-old and a 9-year-old boy have been charged with killing a man who was shot with a rifle while cutting down brush in a South Carolina field, authorities said.Both boys shot at Danny Andrew Smith with a rifle as he rode his tractor in the field near Westminster on June 23, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said in a statement.Smith, 62, was shot once in the back, but investigators charged both boys because they both fired the gun in Smith's direction, Crenshaw said."After a consultation with the Solicitor's Office, and based on the evidence obtained in our ongoing investigation, we believe that both juvenile males discharged a firearm in a reckless manner in the direction of Mr. Smith who was bush hogging on some family property," the sheriff said. "At this time, it is still undetermined which shot ultimately struck and killed Mr. Smith. However, based upon South Carolina law, the hand of one is the hand of all and that is why Family Court has been petitioned in regards to charging both juveniles with Involuntary...
    South Carolina authorities will charge two children in connection to the shooting death of a man on a tractor.  Oconee deputies responded on June 23 to a call from a woman that her husband had been shot while driving his tractor around his property.  EGYPTIAN MAN CHARGED IN BOSTON RABBI STABBING OVERSTAYED STUDENT VISA, WAS IN US ILLEGALLY: ICE The deputies found Danny Andrew Smith, 62, slumped over the steering wheel of his tractor, unresponsive. An autopsy determined that Smith died from a single gunshot wound to the back.  The boys, aged eight and nine, allegedly shot Smith with a .22 caliber rifle, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.  MASSACHUSETTS POLICE ARREST 11 MEN AFTER STANDOFF WITH ARMED GROUP THAT ‘DOES NOT RECOGNIZE OUR LAWS’ The two are unnamed as they are minors. "After a consultation with the Solicitor’s Office, and based on the evidence obtained in our ongoing investigation, we believe that both juvenile males discharged a firearm in a reckless manner in the direction of Mr. Smith who was bush hogging on some family property," Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw...
    The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted a 75-year-old man with "health issues" who was stranded in a marsh near Charleston. The man, who was not identified, was riding a jet ski when he ran aground near Edisto Beach, U.S. Coast Guard Jacksonville spokesperson David Micallef told Fox News.  The Charleston base attempted to rescue him, but due to how shallow the water was, any effort faced difficulty.  Instead, the Coast Guard diverted a rescue helicopter to airlift the man out, first dropping a swimmer to make his way out to the man and secure him in the airlift.  SOUTH CAROLINA TEACHER'S 173-POUND SHARK CONFIRMED AS A NEW STATE RECORD The man claimed he had "health issues," but he did not clarify to the Coast Guard what kind of issues.  The helicopter took the man to a nearby golf course, where he was safely released.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The man suffered no issues afterward, Micallef told Fox News. Peter Aitken is a New York born-and-raised reporter with a focus on national and global news. 
    A South Carolina county on Tuesday agreed to pay $10 million to the family of a Black man who died in January after sheriff’s deputies tased and pepper sprayed him in a jail cell. The Charleston County Council unanimously agreed to the settlement to be given to the family of Jamal Sutherland, according to The Washington Post. Sutherland, 31, had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Authorities arrested Sutherland the day before he died after a fight broke out at the psychiatric facility where he was receiving treatment. In video footage that was released this month, officers could be seen shouting at Sutherland to get on his stomach. They then handcuffed his hands behind his back, and one officer placed a knee on Sutherland’s back. According to the footage, Sutherland could be heard saying, “I can’t breathe.” He was later pronounced dead after an hour of resuscitation efforts. During the interaction, Sutherland was also pepper sprayed twice and one of the officer later said he had tased Sutherland six to eight times, the Post notes. The officers were attempting to transport...
    Loading the player... A weeklong manhunt for a suspect wanted in the killings of four people ended without another shot fired on Monday as hundreds of officers surrounded him in South Carolina, authorities said. Tyler Terry was arrested around 10:30 a.m., and neither he nor the more than 300 officers searching for him were hurt during his arrest, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office posted on Twitter. The manhunt finally ended after at least four confirmed sightings of Terry since he ran from a wrecked car after firing on Chester County deputies on May 17. Deputies didn’t immediately release any other details on Terry’s arrest. This undated booking photo provided by the Chester County (South Carolina) Sheriff’s Office shows Tyler Terry. (Chester County Sheriff’s Office via AP) Read More: Ex-Texas officer accused of killing daughter, ex-wife arrested after manhunt Investigators didn’t think Terry was getting any help, but broke into vehicles or possibly barns and sheds and lived off the land. He managed to steal a gun, water, shirt and shoes from an unlocked work truck last week, authorities said. “I imagine he is pretty hungry....
    Cops on Monday finally arrested an 'extremely dangerous' suspected mass murderer who is accused of randomly killing four people with his girlfriend in a Bonnie and Clyde-style crime spree across two states.  Tyler Donnet Terry, 26, had been on the run since last Monday since he fled a car wreck after firing shots at police.  His companion, Adrienne Simpson, 34, was taken into custody but he remained at large, prompting a frenzied search involving 300 officers equipped with dogs, helicopters and drones. After six days hunting Terry, police finally tracked him down and he was arrested on Monday morning, according to the Chester County Sheriff's Office. No shots were fired during the arrest and there were no injuries.  Terry has been linked to a May 2 killing and a second murder in South Carolina, two killings outside of St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday and two additional shootings in recent weeks.  Tyler Donnet Terry, 26, and Adrienne Simpson, 34, are wanted for four murders across two states  Terry had evaded police since he came back to South Carolina and opened...
    RECENTLY released bodycamera footage shows the "horrific" moments before a mentally ill black man died in a South Carolina jail. The footage shows deputies repeatedly deploying stun guns before Jamal Sutherland, who suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, becomes unresponsive. 7Bodycam footage shows the moments before Jamal Sutherland's deathCredit: Charleston County Sheriff's Office 7Sutherland was stunned while cops tried to remove him from his cellCredit: Charleston County Sheriff's Office Sutherland died on January 5 at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston after the deputies stunned him while trying to remove him from his cell. The deputies were reportedly trying to take Sutherland to a bond hearing for a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a fight he got into at a behavioral health care clinic he had been staying at. Video footage shows deputies asking him to come out from his cell for several minutes before one deputy uses a stun gun, and Sutherland falls to the ground. The officers then order Sutherland to come to the door, and he tells them he can't stand. 7Sutherland became unresponsive...
    Loading the player... In January, Jamal Sutherland died while in custody in a South Carolina detention center shortly after being arrested. Now, new footage shows that he was repeatedly subjected to a Taser hours before his death, according to NBC News. Sutherland, 31, had been receiving mental health treatment at the Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health when he was arrested, as reported by WCIV. As North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey stated, Sutherland was arrested for his part in a “large-scale fight” that took place in Palmetto. According to Sutherland’s parents, James and Amy Sutherland, Jamal suffered from bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia since being diagnosed as a child. Jamal Sutherland, 31, appears in body camera footage at the Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston, S.C. (Charleston County Sheriff’s Office) However, Sutherland died about 12 hours after being detained in the Al Cannon Detention Center. On Friday, body camera footage was revealed showing that Sutherland was shot with a Taser shortly before his death. The morning after his initial arrest, Sutherland was scheduled to be transported from...
    (CNN)Following the release of footage showing the death of a Black man as deputies forcibly removed him from his cell, a South Carolina sheriff announced changes to address the safety of mentally ill inmates."Our responsibly was the safety of Jamal Sutherland and he died in our facility, so we need to examine that," Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano said.Jamal Sutherland died at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston on January 5, 2021, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said. Footage shows deputies pepper spraying and tasing Sutherland, 31, multiple times after he appeared to resist leaving his cell for a bail hearing. Sutherland was pronounced dead after attempts by medical staff at the facility to save his life, according to a news release issued by the sheriff's office at the time. Jamal's mother, Amy Sutherland, criticized the the way her son was detained. She was not notified when he was taken to jail from the mental health facility he was in, even though she was his guardian, she said. She also accused the deputies of teasing and provoking...
    (CNN)Authorities in South Carolina have released new footage showing how a mentally ill Black man died while sheriffs forcibly removed him from a jail cell earlier this year. Jamal Sutherland died at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston on January 5, 2021, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said. Footage shows deputies pepper spraying and tasing Sutherland multiple times after he appeared to resist leaving his cell for a bond hearing. The footage -- including jail surveillance footage and body camera videos -- was released Thursday night at the request of Sutherland's family, Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano said in a statement posted on Twitter late Thursday night.CNN is currently in the process of reviewing the several hours of raw video released by the sheriff's office. Charleston County Solicitor Scarlett Wilson has said her office is reviewing the case and she will make a decision about whether anyone will be criminally charged "before the end of June." Wilson said Sutherland "suffered from mental illness."Read MoreIn a statement released with the videos, Graziano called the incident "a horrible tragedy."...
    A Black man who was enslaved by a restaurant manager from 2009 to 2014 should have been paid more money after his captor pleaded guilty, according to a South Carolina appeals court.  In 2019, John "Jack" Christopher Smith was awarded $272,952.96 in restitution, representing minimum wage and overtime he was not rightfully paid while working at J&J Cafeteria in Conway, South Carolina.  Smith, who has intellectual disability and an IQ of 70, was forced to work more than 100 hours per week without pay by Bobby Edwards, who took over management of J&J Cafeteria in 2009. Smith had worked at the restaurant as a dishwasher since 1990, but when Edwards took over, he began taking advantage of Smith, forcing him to work. "Edwards effected this forced labor by taking advantage of Jack's intellectual disability and keeping Jack isolated from his family, threatening to have him arrested, and verbally abusing him," according to court documents. "His control over Jack also involved physical abuse." In 2019, Edwards pleaded guilty one count of forced labor and the district court sentenced him to...
    A 51-year-old man who kidnapped and raped a 14-year-old girl in 2006 was found dead in his prison cell just 14 years into a 421-year sentence on Monday, the State reports.  Vinson Filyaw pleaded guilty to kidnapping and 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct in 2007, admitting that he posed as a police officer to kidnap the girl after she got off a school bus.  He then chained her to a beam in a 15-foot deep bunker less than a mile from her home and raped her daily for more than a week.  CALIFORNIA MOM CHARGED WITH FALSELY ACCUSING LATINO COUPLE OF ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING 51-year-old Vinson Filyaw reportedly died in his prison cell Monday, 14 years after he was sentenced to 421 years for kidnapping, torturing, and raping a 14-year-old girl.  (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain/POOL/FILES) Eventually, Filyaw gave the girl his cell phone for her to play games on, which she used to text her mother. Police then used nearby cell towers to find the general location of the bunker and rescue the girl.  The infamous case was turned into a...
    John Miles, of South Carolina, is shown on witness video ranting that all lives matter at a grocery store on April 9 in South Carolina. A former drill sergeant leader in the U.S. Army was caught on camera in a racist rant proclaiming “Black lives don't f---ing matter.” The slight that sent John Miles—initially identified by local newspaper Sumter Item—into the fit of rage was reportedly a grocery store clerk refusing to sell alcohol to him. “John Walter Miles, 27, of Sumter, was shopping with his girlfriend when the disturbance happened,” the Sumter Police Department said in a statement on Facebook Thursday. “Based on information gathered in the case, Miles became irate after a clerk refused to sell alcohol to the couple. “Miles is charged with aggravated breach of peace and trespassing. He was booked at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. An investigation is continuing.” x Facebook Content The incident captured on the social media app TikTok happened after 10:15 PM on April 9 at a Food Lion in South Carolina. Miles could be seen in the video facing off with...
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