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Single Juror Refuses to Convict Cop in SC Murder Trial

Jury appears deadlocked in Slager case

(Newser) - After more than two days of deliberations, a single juror is refusing to convict South Carolina ex-cop Michael Slager in the fatal shooting of unarmed black motorist Walter Scott . The jury's foreman told the judge Friday that only one person on the jury of 11 whites and one African-American... More »

Suspected Serial Killer Faces 7 New Charges

Cops say Kohlhepp held woman captive for a week after killing husband

(Newser) - Suspected serial killer Todd Kohlhepp was hit with seven new criminal charges Monday—including the murders of three people who were found buried on his property in South Carolina. NBC News reports that the 45-year-old was charged with the murder of Charlie Carver, whose girlfriend was rescued from a container... More »

Dylann Roof Will Represent Himself

Defense lawyers will be on hand if he asks for help

(Newser) - Dylann Roof may have the chance to question the very people he is accused of shooting when he stands trial for the murders of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church. Judge Richard Gergel on Monday granted a surprise request from Roof to defend himself against 33 federal charges,... More »

Meet the Guy Who Busts Fake Service Members, Lying Vets

Anthony Anderson exposes phonies and vets who hype what they've done: the 'Atlantic'

(Newser) - Armed with plenty of caffeine and a laptop, Anthony Anderson works from his South Carolina home to expose a unique type of deception: stolen valor, where people pretend to be service members, or actual service members and veterans who exaggerate or lie about their war stories. A piece in the... More »

Kohlhepp's Mom: 'This Is Why People Tell Kids Not to Bully'

Judge in 1987 rape case, meanwhile, said a teen Kohlhepp was 'dangerous'

(Newser) - As bodies connected with Todd Kohlhepp continue to emerge , the suspected South Carolina serial killer's mom is linking four of the killings he's admitted to to one thing. "This is all why people tell kids not to bully. This is what can happen," Regina Kohlhepp said... More »

Married Couple Found Buried on Suspected Serial Killer's Lot

They were reported missing back in December 2015

(Newser) - Two of the bodies found on the property of a South Carolina man were identified Wednesday as a married couple that went missing in December 2015, CBS News reports. Authorities have been searching land belonging to Todd Kohlhepp since a missing woman was found chained on his property last week.... More »

3rd Body Found on Kohlhepp Property

He asked to send photo to mom in return for confession

(Newser) - Police in South Carolina say they've found a third body on the property of suspected serial killer Todd Kohlhepp—and they think this one could be the last, at least on that property. Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger says that like another body found on Sunday , it hasn't... More »

Another Body Found on Kohlhepp's Property

Cops still have a lot of digging to do

(Newser) - Another body was found Sunday on the property of South Carolina kidnap and murder suspect Todd Kohlhepp—and investigators still have plenty of digging to do. The unidentified body was found in one of two locations on the 95-acre property that Kohlhepp, who bought the land two years ago, had... More »

The Disturbing Teen Years of the SC Kidnapping Suspect

Former neighbor says Todd Kohlhepp was a 'devil on a chain'

(Newser) - A 45-year-old man charged with keeping a missing woman chained up like a dog on his South Carolina property was described as a "devil on a chain" by a neighbor decades ago, Greeneville Online reports. In 1986, Todd Kohlhepp—15 at the time—forced a 14-year-old girl back to... More »

Missing Woman Found Chained Up on Sex Offender's Property

Kala Brown and her boyfriend were reported missing in August

(Newser) - A 30-year-old woman reported missing in August was found Thursday "chained ... like a dog" inside a storage container in South Carolina, WYFF reports. Kala Brown and her 32-year-old boyfriend Charlie Carver disappeared Aug. 31. Sheriff's deputies were investigating a 100-acre property after getting a tip about a sex... More »

Creepy Facebook Posts Add to Mystery of Missing Couple

They haven't been seen since Aug. 31

(Newser) - Seemingly innocent posts on the Facebook page of South Carolina man Charlie Carver are in fact deeply disturbing, friends and family say. Carver and girlfriend Kala Brown disappeared on Aug. 31, and loved ones say the posts that have appeared on the account this month were clearly written by somebody... More »

Man Saves Dog From Grisly Elevator Death at Last Second

'I just did what you are supposed to do'

(Newser) - A dog named Boo Boo owes its life to a quick-acting hotel manager in South Carolina, reports Today . Boo Boo was on a leash when its owner got onto an elevator at the Roadway Inn in Greenville, but the elevator's doors closed with Boo Boo still in the hallway.... More »

A Civil War-Era Find on a SC Beach, Thanks to Matthew

16 rusty cannonballs were discovered near Charleston after hurricane

(Newser) - Local media alerted residents in and around Charleston, SC, on Sunday that they were probably going to hear something "like an explosion. That heads-up was because 16 rusty cannonballs were unearthed by Hurricane Matthew on Folly Beach, the city's Facebook page announced, and per USA Today , they appeared... More »

Weakened Hurricane Matthew Makes Landfall in US

Four deaths have been reported, all in Florida

(Newser) - A weakening Hurricane Matthew continued its march along the Atlantic coast Saturday, lashing two of the South's most historic cities and some of its most popular resort islands, flattening trees, swamping streets and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands, the AP reports. According to the AP , it made... More »

Obama: This Is 'Still a Really Dangerous Hurricane'

600K without power in Florida

(Newser) - President Obama is echoing a meteorologist in warning that Hurricane Matthew is no joke. This is "still a really dangerous hurricane," Obama said Friday, per the AP . He urged people not to be complacent after early headlines suggesting the storm isn't as bad expected, noting that people... More »

Sandy Hook Mom Pens Moving Letter to Jacob Hall's Mom

'Jacob was your superhero. Dylan was my Superman': Nicole Hockley to Renae Hall

(Newser) - No one ever really knows another's pain over the loss of a loved one, but Nicole Hockley probably has, more than most, a "sense of the journey" Renae Hall is now taking. Hockley is the mom of Dylan Hockley, a 6-year-old who died in the 2012 Sandy Hook... More »

A Superhero Funeral for a Superhero Boy

Townville shooting victim Jacob Hall laid to rest surrounded by all his favorite characters

(Newser) - No sadder news emerged in the aftermath of the Townville school shooting last month than the death of 6-year-old Jacob Hall . But though his family and friends lost the South Carolina first-grader much sooner than they should have, they didn't lose his spirit—which is why a variety of... More »

Florida Preparing for 'Direct Hit' From Hurricane

Gov. Rick Scott warns 'massive destruction' is possible

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is warning residents to "prepare for a direct hit" from Hurricane Matthew, expected to arrive on the US coast as soon as Thursday. The "extremely dangerous" storm crossed Haiti and Cuba on Tuesday, killing seven people, and is expected to hit the Bahamas on... More »

South Carolina Plans Mass Hurricane Evacuation

It will impact 1 million people

(Newser) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she plans to issue an evacuation order Wednesday ahead of Hurricane Matthew so that 1 million people can safely and comfortably leave the coast, the AP reports. Haley said at a Tuesday news conference that she will finalize the order Wednesday morning, unless there... More »

6-Year-Old Shot in SC School Shooting Dies

A bullet struck a main artery in Jacob Hall's leg

(Newser) - A coroner says a 6-year-old boy has died days after he was critically wounded in a school shooting in South Carolina, the AP reports. Anderson County coroner Greg Shore said Jacob Hall died about 1pm Saturday. Jacob had been fighting for his life at a hospital since the shooting Wednesday... More »

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