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Husband, Mom of Woman Killed on Wedding Night in Ugly Legal Fight

Samantha Miller's mom is challenging validity of her marriage to Aric Hutchinson

(Newser) - Initially, Lisa Miller spoke warmly about Aric Hutchinson, the man her daughter Samantha Miller married just hours before the 34-year-old was killed by an alleged drunk driver while still wearing her wedding dress on April 28 in South Carolina. Lisa Miller called Hutchinson the "male version" of her daughter,...

Woman Dies After Falling Into Home's Hidden Well Shaft

Woman, 83, was helping her daughter move in South Carolina

(Newser) - An 83-year-old woman who went to help her daughter move died after falling down a hidden well shaft in the South Carolina home. Police say Dorothy Louise Downey was in the kitchen Sunday around 2pm when she suddenly stepped through a part of the floor and into the shaft, Fox...

Alex Murdaugh Gets Another 27 Years
Alex Murdaugh
Gets Another
27 Years

Alex Murdaugh Gets Another 27 Years

Disgraced lawyer, already serving time for murder, pleads guilty to stealing from clients

(Newser) - Alex Murdaugh is already in prison for the murders of his wife and son, but as ABC News reports, Tuesday brought a different piper for the disgraced South Carolina legal scion to pay: His former clients. Murdaugh pleaded guilty to bilking them out of millions of dollars over the...

Confederate Relics Unearthed in South Carolina River
South Carolina River Cleanup
Makes Surprising Civil War Find
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South Carolina River Cleanup Makes Surprising Civil War Find

Hundreds of relics uncovered from Sherman's March to the Sea

(Newser) - Hundreds of Civil War relics were unearthed during the cleanup of a South Carolina river where Union troops dumped Confederate military equipment to deliver a demoralizing blow for rebel forces in the birthplace of the secessionist movement. As the AP reports, the artifacts were discovered while crews removed tar-like material...

Here Are the Chubbiest States in America

And the least chubbiest

(Newser) - "Being overweight is becoming the new normal in America." So says WalletHub in its list of the chubbiest and slimmest states in the nation. The site took a look at obesity and overweight prevalence, health consequences, and food and fitness, and cross-referenced them across 31 health metrics. (Note:...

Court to Hear Claims of Jury Tampering in Murdaugh Case
Alex Murdaugh
Could Get a New Trial

Alex Murdaugh Could Get a New Trial

Court is considering allegations of jury tampering by the county clerk

(Newser) - Alex Murdaugh is now a step closer to a new murder trial. The South Carolina Court of Appeals issued a ruling Tuesday that sends his case back to circuit court to consider allegations of jury tampering by Colleton County Clerk of Court Rebecca "Becky" Hill, per WJCL . Murdaugh's...

GOP's Mace Dons 'Scarlet Letter' After Being 'Demonized'
GOP Rep Explains
Her 'Scarlet Letter'

GOP Rep Explains Her 'Scarlet Letter'

South Carolina's Nancy Mace says she's been 'demonized' since voting to oust Speaker McCarthy

(Newser) - Fellow Republicans want "consequences" for the eight GOPers who teamed up with Democrats last week in the historic ouster of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. On Tuesday, one of those eight made a bold statement in apparent defiance of that pushback: Reporters caught South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace strolling through...

Former Friend Sought in Florida Woman's 1995 Murder
Cops Seek Former Friend in
Woman's 1995 Cold Case
the rundown

Cops Seek Former Friend in Woman's 1995 Cold Case

'Finding Carlos is of critical importance' to solving Maria Telles-Gonzalez's killing, authorities say

(Newser) - A woman's body was found in a drainage ditch off Interstate 95 in Yemassee, South Carolina, on May 24, 1995. She was wearing only underwear and had no possessions. Apart from a couple of scars, there were no identifiers. As a result, it took authorities more than 27 years...

Campaign Backtracks on Trump Gun Purchase

Social media post said former president picked out a Glock in South Carolina

(Newser) - Donald Trump apparently was just browsing at a South Carolina gun store on Monday, which works because it's not clear that he's allowed to buy a firearm anyway. A campaign spokesman had tweeted that the former president purchased a Glock firearm while in Summerville for a campaign appearance,...

Gunmen Open Fire on Teens, Killing 3, Over Old Grievance

South Carolina schoolmate arrested on murder counts

(Newser) - Two people showed up at an abandoned South Carolina house where four teenagers were hanging out and opened fire, killing three of them and wounding the fourth in an escalation of an old quibble over a burglary, authorities said Monday in Columbia. A 17-year-old Eau Claire High School student was...

911 Recording: 'Ma'am, a Military Jet Crashed. I'm the Pilot'

Marine tried to convey urgency of medical help to dispatcher

(Newser) - A military pilot whose advanced fighter jet went temporarily missing over the weekend is heard repeatedly requesting an ambulance in a perplexing 911 call from the South Carolina home where he had parachuted to safety, according to an audio recording released Thursday to the AP . The four-minute recording captures the...

South Carolina Gets Its Hands on Death Penalty Drug

State has obtained pentobarbital to carry out lethal injections, will resume executions after 12 years

(Newser) - South Carolina has obtained a drug needed to carry out lethal injections and is ready to perform the state's first execution in over 12 years, officials announced Tuesday. South Carolina used to be one of the most prolific states in the nation when it came to putting inmates to...

Pilot Parachuted Into Backyard After Ditching Fighter Jet

Many questions remain regarding Sunday's incident

(Newser) - The pilot of a $100 million stealth fighter jet parachuted safely into the backyard of a home in South Carolina after a malfunction forced him to eject from the aircraft, causing the plane to crash into a wooded area about 60 miles away, the AP reports. A US Marine Corps...

Murdaugh Lost a Lot of Prison Privileges This Week

Inmate can't use phone, tablet, or prison canteen after participating in Fox docuseries

(Newser) - Imprisoned double murderer Alex Murdaugh just lost his cell phone, tablet, and canteen privileges for breaking prison rules to participate in a Fox Nation docuseries. Murdaugh—a former high-profile lawyer who was sentenced to life in prison without parole in the June 2021 killings of his wife, Margaret, and their...

Cops: Homeowner's Shooting of USC Student Was Justified

Nicolas Donofrio was shot after he broke window, tried to open door, police say

(Newser) - In what the police chief of Columbia, South Carolina, says is a "heartbreaking case for all involved," a homeowner who shot and killed a University of South Carolina student early Saturday will not face charges. The Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office and the Columbia Police Department have determined...

Zoo Accused of Being 'One of the Worst' Is No More

South Carolina's Waccatee Zoo has been shuttered as part of a settlement with PETA

(Newser) - Three months ago, PETA removed nine animals from what it called "one of the worst roadside zoos in America." Now, that venue has been shut down for good. The animal rights group has reached a settlement with the Waccatee Zoo, located in South Carolina's Myrtle Beach area,...

Student Tries to Enter Wrong House, Is Shot Dead

Tragedy took place days after start of fall semester at University of South Carolina

(Newser) - A South Carolina college student went to the wrong house Saturday, and it cost him his life. The 20-year-old sophomore at the University of South Carolina lived on the same street in Columbia, the state capital, where he was shot; police say he was trying to get into the wrong...

Mother Sentenced in Slaying of Her Newborn in 1992

Infant girl was found in a South Carolina river

(Newser) - A South Carolina woman was given a life sentence Wednesday in the 1992 death of her newborn daughter. Stacy Michelle Costner Rabon, 50, had been found guilty of homicide by child abuse this month by a York County jury. She'll be eligible for parole in 2031 because she was...

No Bail for Woman Accused of Killing Bride in DUI Crash

Judge says Jamie Komoroski must remain in custody until March 2024 trial

(Newser) - The woman accused of slamming into a newlywed couple's golf cart while driving drunk, killing the bride and seriously injuring the groom, has been in jail for three months—and she won't be getting out any time soon. At a hearing Tuesday, a South Carolina judge rejected 25-year-old...

Man Who 'Repeatedly' Enabled Alex Murdaugh Gets 7 Years

Russell Laffitte was found guilty of wire and bank fraud in November

(Newser) - The man who once headed a highly respected bank in the South Carolina Lowcountry will spend seven years in federal prison for helping convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh steal nearly $2 million from clients' legal settlements. Russell Laffitte was sentenced Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of six charges related...

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