Testimony resumes in white ex-SC chief in black man's death


Associated Press

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - A white ex-police chief in South Carolina told investigators he feared for his life when the black man he was trying to arrest started to drive off with the chief caught in the door of his pickup truck.

A statement that former Eutawville Police Chief Richard Combs gave to investigators just after the 2011 shooting death of Bernard Bailey was read Thursday at Combs' murder trial in Orangeburg. Combs faces from 30 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Prosecutors offered the statement to try to show inconsistencies in Combs' story. Combs said he fired twice while hanging onto the door and a third time while falling to the ground. But in a hearing last year, he said he was falling as he fired all three shots.

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