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Muslim Marine Trainee Killed Himself ... or Did He?

Mystery of Raheel Siddiqui's death gets closer look from 'Esquire'

(Newser) - The Marine Corps Recruit Depot at South Carolina's Parris Island hosts nearly 20,000 recruits each year for 12 weeks of basic training. Alex French looks into the journey of one recruit, Raheel Siddiqui, for Esquire's March issue, exploring the 20-year-old Muslim's likely first moments at the... More »

One Dad's Joy, Another's Heartbreak in Kidnap Case

Kamiyah Mobley, 18, reunited with biological parents; man who raised her is overwhelmed

(Newser) - The biological family of an 18-year-old snatched when she was a newborn is rejoicing at her discovery, but one person who's not celebrating is Charles Manigo. The baby he named Alexis Kelly—the baby he thought was his daughter—was really Kamiyah Mobley, who was allegedly abducted by his... More »

Teen Allegedly Abducted as Newborn Cries, Calls Out to 'Mama' at Hearing

Kamiyah Mobley was raised as Alexis Manigo

(Newser) - Heartbreaking video shows Kamiyah Mobley, the 18-year-old abducted as a newborn and raised by a family not her own, sobbing and reaching out toward the woman accused of kidnapping her all those years ago. Gloria Williams, 51, who is accused of posing as a nurse and taking Mobley from her... More »

'Just Stop, Daddy': 911 Call Released in SC Lawmaker Case

Colleagues urge Rep. Chris Corley to resign after he's indicted on domestic violence charges

(Newser) - South Carolina lawmaker Chris Corley was indicted on felony domestic violence and weapons charges Thursday and was immediately suspended from the state House of Representatives. The indictment states that on the night of Dec. 26, the Republican harmed his wife by "beating her about the face, head, and body... More »

Charleston Survivor's Daughter Asked: 'Is Daddy Going to Die?'

Jennifer Pinckney cradled 6-year-old under desk as Dylann Roof killed her husband

(Newser) - "There's nothing wrong with me psychologically," Dylann Roof told a jury Wednesday . It was a statement Jennifer Pinckney had heard before. The wife of Rev. Clementa Pinckney had been in her husband's study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston with their 6-year-old daughter, Malana, on June... More »

Dylann Roof: Killing 9 Black Churchgoers Was 'Worth It'

Roof defends sanity but refuses to show remorse to jurors

(Newser) - Dylann Roof addressed jurors for the first time during his trial Wednesday and neither apologized for killing nine people during Bible study at a historic black church in Charleston nor asked jurors to spare his life, the New York Times reports. Instead, Roof used his opening statement on the first... More »

Woman Dies After Being Shot at SC Gun Range

Police investigating after Sarah Bonner shot in eye

(Newser) - A woman who was shot in the eye at a South Carolina gun range earlier this week has died, the AP reports. Sarah Bonner died early Thursday after being on life support for several days, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told local media. The 24-year-old from Georgia was shot Monday... More »

Roof: No Witnesses, Evidence in My Defense

Judge tells 22-year-old 'it's a bad idea' to go with that plan for penalty phase of trial

(Newser) - The sentencing phase of Dylann Roof's federal hate-crimes trial, in which he could be given the death penalty, begins Tuesday, and the 22-year-old who killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, in 2015 told a judge Wednesday at a pretrial hearing that he still intends to serve as his... More »

Guy Hopes to Save Betty White From Cursed 2016

Clever fundraiser will actually support theater company

(Newser) - Afraid another beloved celebrity will fall victim to the apparent curse that is 2016? Demetrios Hrysikos hopes you'll donate generously. Following Carrie Fisher's death on Tuesday, the South Carolina man started a GoFundMe page to raise funds to allow him to "fly to wherever Betty White is... More »

SC Lawmaker Accused of Beating Wife, Death Threats

Chris Corley voted to strengthen domestic violence penalties

(Newser) - A South Carolina House member who rebuked his colleagues in a Christmas card for lacking morals when they took down the Confederate flag is accused of beating his wife and pointing a gun at her, deputies said. Officers in Aiken County charged Rep. Chris Corley with a pair of felonies... More »

Roof's Confession Tape: Felt 'Bad' When He Found Out Death Toll

Accused Charleston church shooter also admitted he was 'white supremacist'

(Newser) - During a week in which his mom already suffered a heart attack after hearing the case against him, more shock arrived Friday in the federal trial of Dylann Roof, 22, accused of a church shooting in Charleston, SC, that killed nine black worshippers. He's facing 33 federal charges for... More »

Prison Escapee Recaptured After Trying to Enter School

SC inmate may have escaped in food truck

(Newser) - An inmate serving a life sentence who escaped from a maximum-security South Carolina prison and allegedly stabbed a police officer while on the run was recaptured after a locked door stopped him from getting into a school, authorities say. Michael Allen Williamson, 47, was caught at Northside Christian Academy in... More »

Dylann Roof: Witness Called Me 'Evil,' I Want Mistrial

Judge denies the motion

(Newser) - Dylann Roof's defense team started the second day of his trial by asking for a mistrial, a request the judge promptly denied. A survivor of the 2015 church massacre in Charleston, SC, testified on the first day of the trial about watching her son die and, during her testimony,... More »

Dylann Roof Trial Opens With Heartbreaking Testimony

'He is evil. There is no place for him but the pit of hell'

(Newser) - Wednesday was the first day of Dylann Roof's federal death penalty trial, and the first witness delivered testimony so harrowing that many in the courtroom were in tears. Survivor Felicia Sanders told the court that the young white man sat with black parishioners in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal... More »

Escaped Inmate Suspected of Stabbing Cop in Walmart

South Carolina man is still on the run

(Newser) - South Carolina authorities are searching for an escaped maximum-security inmate who's suspected of stabbing a police officer. Dexter Lee of the South Carolina Department of Corrections says 47-year-old Michael Allen Williamson escaped at around 8:50pm Wednesday from McCormick Correctional Institution. Later that night, Columbia police officials say a... More »

Mistrial Declared for SC Cop Charged in Walter Scott's Death

Jury can't come to a decision in Michael Slager murder trial after 4 days of deliberating

(Newser) - South Carolina Circuit Judge Clifton Newman declared a mistrial after a jury said it could not reach a verdict after four days of deliberation in the murder trial of a white police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist, reports the AP . Former patrolman Michael Slager... More »

Dylann Roof: I Want My Lawyers Back, Sort Of

Accused South Carolina shooter makes request to judge

(Newser) - The white man charged with the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church asked a judge on Sunday if he could have his defense team back, at least temporarily, the AP reports. In a handwritten request, Dylann Roof asked US District Judge Richard Gergel to bring... More »

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 »

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