Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:19:09 GMT
A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for his posts on social media, one of which claimed a photo of an Oregon murder suspect was Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot at leastMore >>
This is not Michael Brown. But a Kansas City Police Department officer may be in hot water for saying it is.More >>
HICKORY, NC (WBTV) -
Stephanie Patrick cupped her hands over her 9 year old nephew's ears as details of the murder of the boy's father were read aloud in court in Newton Wednesday.
The presentation by the state was part of the plea deal process that two defendants in the case agreed to. Consandra Tyree and Emily Starnes both pled guilty to Obstruction of justice, Conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, Robbery with a dangerous weapon, and accessory after the fact of murder. They were charged in connection with the stabbing death of Adam Williams in August of 2011.
Williams was lured to the closed Fuddrucker's Restaurant parking lot on the assumption he was to pick up a fare. Instead he was attacked and murdered. Starnes and Tyree claim they were only in the getaway car and had nothing to do with the murder. They blame Camyron Johnson and Matthew Hopkins for the killing.
Prosecutors claim the two knew that a robbery was going to take place and said Wednesday they believed the motive was to get money to buy materials to make methamphetamine. In interviews with police just days after the murder, the teens told investigators that after arriving at the place where they were meeting the taxi, they stayed in the vehicle in a hidden spot and men went to the other side of the building that night to meet the cab and returned covered in blood.
As part of the plea deal, murder charges against the two were dropped but they had to agree to testify in any future trials against the other defendants if asked to. They were sentenced to a minimum of 58 months in prison with a maximum of 79 months. With credit for time served, both girls could be eligible for release in about four years. "I don't like it at all," said Stephanie Patrick after court was recessed. "They should have to spend the rest of their life in jail."
The defense, despite the pleas, argued that the girls played only a "passive role" in the killings and should be given the minimum sentence of 44 months. "They didn't know what was going to happen at the time and cooperated with police," said Scott Reilly, attorney for Starnes. Shell Pierce, attorney for Tyree also argued that the age of the defendants should be taken into account. "Both of the girls were barely 16 at the time," he told the judge.
Both defendants cried as family members of Williams spoke to the court about how the killing has impacted them.
"There are two children who won't know their father," said Patrick. Starnes had her attorney read a letter of apology to the victim's family but they just shook their heads and covered their ears as it was read.
"I don't accept the apology," said Stephanie.
The victim's mother, Bridgett Patrick said she feels bad for the two teens and hopes they will get their lives on a better track when they get out of prison. "But I still won't have my son," she said. The good thing about the plea deal, they said, is that testimony from the teens will give prosecutors more ammunition in their cases against the other defendants.
The other defendants in the case, Camyron Johnson and Matthew Hopkins are not expected to go to trial until next August. Both could face the death penalty if convicted.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:40 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:40:14 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:11:12 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:09:03 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>