Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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Attorney Jack Swerling has tried "Stand Your Ground" cases several times and most have been successful.
He says the case of a fatal stabbing in Lexington could fit the bill, but there will be a lot of questions.
Lexington Police say 17-year-old Da'Von Capers was stabbed by 18-year-old Kierin Dennis during a fight near the Cook-Out Restaurant in Lexington.
Now, Dennis' attorney, Todd Rutherford, says his client felt threatened, and it's a "Stand Your Ground" case.
Attorney Jack Swerling, who does not represent Dennis, says "Stand Your Ground" takes self-defense to the next level.
"Now, under the ‘Stand Your Ground' rule, certain things are presumed. For example, if you're in a car and someone is trying to enter the car, there's a presumption that you're in reasonable fear of imminent death or bodily harm," says Swerling.
"Stand Your Ground" has been in play in South Carolina since 2006.
"I would say now we're seeing a big increase in these claims being made that your conduct is protected by this statute," says Swerling. "Eight years ago it was not that well-known, and so it takes time for people to catch up and realize that this is absolute immunity if you can come within that statute, and you can't be prosecuted."
Rutherford says Dennis never got out of his car. He claims Capers stuck his hand into the car and Dennis felt like he had to defend himself.
Swerling says it's not a guarantee "Stand Your Ground" will work.
"The question is going to be whether-or-not the person was forcibly entering the vehicle," says Swerling.
Rutherford successfully defended a high-profile Stand Your Ground case in 2013. His client, Shannon Anthony Scott, was cleared of murder charges following the 2010 shooting death of Keenan High School student Darrell Niles.
Scott fatally shot Niles from his front yard after his daughter was followed home and threatened by a group of girls in an SUV.
Niles, who was sitting in another vehicle when he was shot, was unarmed.
As for this current case, Rutherford does not know his chances for successfully defending Dennis with the "Stand Your Ground" defense.
"It's always hard to tell, but my client has the right to defend himself," says Rutherford.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>