South Carolina

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SC's Top Court Blocks 2 Electric Chair Executions

Justices say men should also be offered option of firing squad

(Newser) - The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked two executions that had been set for this month under the state’s recently revised capital punishment law. The high court halted the planned executions of inmates Brad Sigmon and Freddie Owens. The executions had been scheduled less than a month after...

Double Murder Strikes Family Claiming a Place in US History
Prominent SC
Legal Family Hit
by 3 Stunning Losses

Prominent SC Legal Family Hit by 3 Stunning Losses

Paul Murdaugh, 22, and mom Margaret were shot to death; Randolph Murdaugh, 81, died days later

(Newser) - Three members of a prominent South Carolina legal family have died within the last week or so, including two who were brutally killed. For almost 100 years, members from three generations of the Murdaugh family operated in the role of top prosecutor of the Lowcountry region. Then a 22-year-old man...

South Carolina Judge Won't Block 2 Controversial Executions

They're scheduled for June 18 and June 25

(Newser) - A South Carolina judge on Tuesday refused to block two executions set for later this month as she considers a lawsuit over the state’s new capital punishment law, which effectively forces condemned prisoners to choose to die by either the electric chair or firing squad. State Circuit Judge Jocelyn...

Murder Suspect Arrested After 300-Officer Manhunt

Tyler Terry spent a week on the run in South Carolina

(Newser) - A weeklong manhunt for a suspect wanted in the killings of four people ended without another shot fired Monday morning as hundreds of officers surrounded him in South Carolina, authorities said. Neither Tyler Terry nor the more than 300 officers searching for him were hurt during his arrest, the Chester...

2 Parties, 2 Mass Shootings in Different States

2 dead in New Jersey, 1 dead in South Carolina

(Newser) - Two mass shootings were in the news, one out of New Jersey, where two people were killed, and the other in South Carolina, where a 14-year-old girl was killed. Details:

Death Row Inmates in SC Must Pick Between 2 Old Methods

Governor signs bill forcing choice of electric chair or firing squad

(Newser) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed into law a bill that forces death row inmates for now to choose between the electric chair or a newly formed firing squad in hopes the state can restart executions after an involuntary 10-year pause. South Carolina had been one of the most...

Woman Catches on Fire in Latest Gas-Hoarding Mishap

Jessica Gale Patterson crashed car that she was stashing gas in: SC deputies

(Newser) - The chaotic aftermath of the gas shortage in the South brought about by the Colonial Pipeline hacking continues. On Tuesday a brawl ensued at a North Carolina gas station backed up with long lines, while on Wednesday a Hummer burst into flames in Florida after its driver filled up several...

Commencement Address Was University President's Downfall

University of South Carolina president Bob Caslen resigns after plagiarism allegations

(Newser) - The embattled president of the University of South Carolina resigned on Wednesday, days after he delivered a commencement address marred by allegations of plagiarism and a misidentification of the school itself. In a news release, the school announced that the chairman of its board of trustees had accepted Bob Caslen'...

SC Governor Makes Big Move on Face Masks

Henry McMaster bars mandates for face masks: 'It goes against all logic'

(Newser) - Schools and local governments in South Carolina are banned from instituting mask mandates under an executive order signed Tuesday by Gov. Henry McMaster. "With every adult in our state having the opportunity to receive a [COVID-19] vaccine, it goes against all logic to continue to force our children ... to...

Lawmakers Add Firing Squad to Execution Options

South Carolina has run short of lethal injection drugs

(Newser) - The South Carolina House voted Wednesday to add a firing squad to the state's execution methods during a lack of lethal injection drugs—a measure meant to restart executions in a state that once had one of the busiest death chambers in the nation. The bill, approved by a...

Mike Pence Speech Stirs 2024 Speculation

He chose SC for first speech since leaving office

(Newser) - In his first public address since the end of the Trump administration, former Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday put down a marker for a potential return to elected office, telling an audience in early-voting South Carolina that he will spend the coming months "pushing back on the liberal...

'Cryptic Writing' Found in Home of Ex-NFL Player Who Killed 6

It was found in Phillip Adams' journals

(Newser) - Investigators trying to figure out why former NFL player Phillip Adams killed six people, including a prominent doctor and his two grandchildren, say they found strange writing in notebooks at his home. A search warrant released Friday by authorities in South Carolina states that "numerous notebooks were located with...

Exploding Air Bag Kills Yet Another, This Time in SC

Driver of Honda Accord died in January; this is the 19th US death linked to Takata air bags since 2009

(Newser) - A driver in South Carolina is the latest person to be killed by an exploding Takata air bag inflator. Honda said Wednesday that a faulty driver's air bag blew apart in a crash involving a 2002 Honda Accord in Lancaster County, SC, per the AP . The company wouldn't...

Soldier Arrested in Assault on Black Man Walking by His House

Jonathan Pentland told victim, 'You're in the wrong neighborhood'

(Newser) - "I didn't do anything to you," a Black man tells a white man in a viral video. "I'm about to do something to you," responds Jonathan Pentland, an active-duty soldier, who was demanding the man leave his neighborhood, known as the Summit, in Columbia,...

6th SC Shooting Victim Dies From His Injuries
Another Victim in
SC Shooting

Another Victim in SC Shooting

Robert Shook is the sixth victim of Rock Hill massacre

(Newser) - The sole survivor of last week's mass shooting at the home of a prominent South Carolina doctor is now dead. Robert Shook, with his colleague James Lewis, was shot at the Rock Hill home of ER Dr. Robert Lesslie on Wednesday while on an air-conditioner service job. Per WCNC...

Sister of Accused Gunman: 'Something Was Off'

Phillip Adams' sister says there were 'extremely concerning' signs of mental distress

(Newser) - A sister of Phillip Adams, the former NFL cornerback accused of fatally gunning down a prominent doctor and four others in South Carolina on Wednesday before taking his own life, is speaking out, and she says the past couple of years were ones in which Adams' mental health took a...

Slain Doctor in SC Was an Author, Too
SC Massacre: 'None of Us
Can Figure Out Why'
the rundown

SC Massacre: 'None of Us Can Figure Out Why'

Dr. Robert Lesslie, 4 others slain; suspect is former NFL player Phillip Adams

(Newser) - A day after a former NFL player allegedly killed a prominent doctor and four others in South Carolina, more questions than answers were in play. "None of us can figure out why," says Trent Faris of the York County Sheriff's Office, per WBTV . Coverage:
  • The victims: Dr.

Report: SC Gunman Is Former NFL Player

AP source identifies killer of 5 as Phillip Adams

(Newser) - The gunman who killed five people , including a prominent doctor, in South Carolina was former NFL pro Phillip Adams, who killed himself early Thursday, a source who was briefed on the investigation tells the AP . The source says that Adams' parents live near the doctor's home in Rock Hill,...

Prominent Doctor, 2 Kids Among 5 Dead in SC Shooting

Suspect was found in a nearby home

(Newser) - A suspect was found after an hours-long search for the attacker in a South Carolina shooting Wednesday evening that left five people, including two children and a prominent doctor, dead, authorities said. The York County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect was found in a nearby home. Details on the...

Love Birds? You May Want to Remove Your Feeder

A large number of finches are dying from salmonellosis

(Newser) - Throughout the pandemic, health experts have discouraged people from gathering in large groups to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Now, wildlife biologists are advising that avian enthusiasts pitch in to keep birds from congregating in an effort to curb an uptick in cases of salmonellosis, a fatal, quick-spreading gut...

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