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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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Two Brunswick County men are running in the Republican primary for top prosecutor in the 13th district – a contest that will likely determine the ultimate winner since no other candidates have filed.
Jon David is serving his first term as district attorney for Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties. Standing between him and another four-year term is defense attorney Ryan Smithwick.
David touts his experience as a prosecutor, having worked as an assistant in Miami and Wilmington before being elected district attorney in 2010.
He also points to his accomplishments in office over the past four years, including more than 40 murder convictions.
"During my entire career of 18 years in the courtroom, I've stood on the side of victims and worked closely with law enforcement to get justice in all cases," David said. "My opponent is a criminal defense attorney who has never handled a murder case."
Although Smithwick has not tried a murder case, as an assistant D.A. in Charlotte for nearly five years, he prosecuted jury trials for offenses including attempted murder, he said.
Smithwick doesn't think his lack of experience with murder trials disqualifies him from serving as district attorney because he says homicides make up only a small percentage of overall cases.
On the campaign trail, Smithwick touts support from law enforcement and claims under his opponent's watch, cases are taking too long to go to court.
"Lots of these cases are sitting in our jails for over a thousand, sometimes 2,000 days going unattended, just to see dismissals at the end of the cases," Smithwick said. "So what that means is, we've got a person housed for over a thousand days, 80 dollars a day, that's 80 grand to house an inmate."
David says his opponent is picking a few cases to paint a false picture.
The district attorney points to data from the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts that shows the average age of a felony case in his district is 201 days, compared to the state average of 214 days.
The ages of misdemeanors and traffic cases in the district are also below state averages.
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 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:35:14 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 >>