Looking back: The worst school attack in SC history - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Looking back: The worst school attack in SC history

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - In South Carolina, the worst school violence in history happened 20 years ago in Greenwood County.

Two eight-year-olds were killed when Jamie Wilson walked into Greenwood Elementary in September of 1988 and began shooting.

Wilson has been on death row for 18 years. His story is even the subject of a documentary. 
    
WIS News 10 first brought you the death row interview with Wilson back in November of 2006.

Interviewer: Jamie do you think you'll get out of here?
Wilson: No.
Interviewer: What do you think is going to happen?
Wilson: I'll be executed.
Interviewer: You think you will be.
Wilson: Yeah.
Interviewer: Do you want to get out of here?
Wilson: No.
Interviewer: You want to stay here?
Wilson: Yeah.
Interviewer: Do you want to be executed?
Wilson: No.
Interviewer: You just want to stay here.
Wilson: Yeah.
Interviewer: Why do you want to stay here?
Wilson: So I can live instead of being executed.

Doctors have diagnosed Wilson with schizophrenia. His lawyers contend that if he is put to death, South Carolina will be the first state in the nation to execute someone whose mental illness is so severe, a judge ruled he couldn't help what he did.

But in February of last year the Department of Mental Health evaluated Jamie Wilson and found him competent to be executed.
    
But the defense is not giving up. Experts on both sides are supposed to argue their case  before a judge, but it's not clear when that will happen.
    
Count on 10 to keep you up to date.

Posted by Logan Smith

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