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Murdaugh Quoted as Saying, 'I Did Him So Bad'

But others aren't so sure of the recording in South Carolina double-murder trial

(Newser) - As the high-profile double-murder trial of Alex Murdaugh continues in South Carolina, an investigator told the court on Monday of a potentially crucial statement Murdaugh made during an interview. It came during the testimony of state investigator Jeff Croft, who recalled showing Murdaugh graphic photos of his slain wife and...

After Murders, Murdaugh Kept Mentioning Boat Crash

First witness, a sheriff's deputy, says he saw no 'visible tears' from the accused

(Newser) - The first officer to respond to Alex Murdaugh's report that he'd found his wife and son shot to death on the family's property says he cried no tears. Instead, the South Carolina attorney immediately provided a motive for why the killer acted against his loved ones on...

Hotels Packed, Food Trucks Ready as Murdaugh Trial Begins

Jury selection begins Monday in South Carolina

(Newser) - It's being called the "trial of the century" by some outlets, or at the very least, South Carolina's trial of the century: Alex Murdaugh's trial on charges of murdering his wife and son begins Monday with jury selection. A sampling of coverage in advance of the...

Amtrak to Passengers: 'We Are Not Holding You Hostage'

Train conductor actually had to say that after nightmare trip that stretched to 37 hours

(Newser) - A train conductor had to tell some 500 passengers aboard a stranded Amtrak train that they weren't being held hostage as what should have been a 17-hour trip stretched beyond 29 hours. Some passengers began calling police in frustration given what Insider describes as a "nightmare" trip, which...

On the Same Day, 2 Big Abortion Decisions

In South Carolina, a win for abortion rights supporters; in Idaho, a loss

(Newser) - The South Carolina Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a ban on abortion after six weeks, ruling the restriction enacted by the Deep South state violates a state constitutional right to privacy, the AP reports. The decision marked a significant victory for abortion rights' advocates suddenly forced to find safeguards...

Guard Brutally Attacked by Inmate Rescued by Other Inmates

2 stepped in when fellow prisoner attacked guard at South Carolina max-security site

(Newser) - Two inmates at a maximum-security South Carolina prison are being lauded for helping a guard who was attacked by another inmate. The state's Department of Corrections is now detailing the Monday evening attack, which WCIV notes could've been a deadly one had the rescuing inmates not intervened. "...

Santa Thief Comes Clean, and All Is Forgiven

He apologizes to store owner in South Carolina

(Newser) - Something close to a Grinch-like story has played out in South Carolina. A man in Greenville stole a Santa display, then later had a change of heart, returned, and apologized, reports Axios . As a result, restaurant owner Mayra Gallo says she won't be pressing charges. The unusual story began...

Weeks After Mom's Murder, 5-Year-Old Is Found

Aspen Jeter of South Carolina is safe as father is arrested in Virginia

(Newser) - The saga of a missing 5-year-old girl from South Carolina has ended with police finding her in a different state. Police located Aspen Jeter in Danville, Virginia, with her father, Antar Jeter, 47, reports WIS-TV . Antar Jeter has been charged with murdering the girl's mother, Crystal Jumper, in Orangeburg,...

Prosecutors Share Alex Murdaugh's Alleged Motive

Prosecutors: He killed wife, son just as evidence of financial crimes was likely to be exposed

(Newser) - Alex Murdaugh killed his wife and son at the precise moment his financial crimes threatened to be revealed, prosecutors say in a motion filed Thursday—and they say Murdaugh's own shooting followed a remarkably similar pattern. After the recession of the early 2000s and a "series of bad...

One of US' Oldest Kidnapping Cases Has a Surprise Ending

Melissa Highsmith, abducted as a baby in 1971, meets parents, siblings for first time

(Newser) - Last month, Jeff Highsmith vowed to not give up looking for his sister, Melissa Highsmith, who was kidnapped as a baby in Fort Worth, Texas, more than 50 years ago. "I have to try," he said of his recently ramped-up efforts to find his older sibling, spurred by...

'I Was a Monster,' Says Brittanee Drexel's Killer

Raymond Moody sentenced to life in prison for 2009 murder of 17-year-old

(Newser) - The man arrested in May in the 2009 disappearance of 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday, calling himself a "monster." Raymond Moody, 62, was sentenced to life in prison for murder, kidnapping, and first-degree sexual misconduct. Prosecutors said the registered sex offender had confessed to...

Cops: Suspect in 5 Murders Hadn't Slept in Days

Victims were shot at South Carolina home, sheriff says

(Newser) - A South Carolina man arrested after a police chase in Georgia Monday admitted killing five men and told officers he hadn't slept in four days, police say. James Douglas Drayton, 24, allegedly stole a car, drove more than 100 miles to Georgia and robbed a convenience store after the...

Ian Becomes Hurricane Again as South Carolina Braces

Storm becomes stronger after slamming Florida

(Newser) - Ian strengthened into a hurricane again on Thursday evening, bringing 75mph winds toward South Carolina, where it's projected to make landfall at midday Friday near Charleston. The National Hurricane Center warned of "life-threatening" flooding and storm surge for the South Carolina coast, the Washington Post reports. With the...

Judge Rules Against 2 Execution Methods in SC

Electric chair, firing squad are unconstitutonal, she says

(Newser) - A South Carolina judge ruled this week that the state's newly created execution firing squad, as well as its use of the electric chair, are unconstitutional, siding with four death row inmates in a decision sure to be swiftly appealed as the state struggles to implement its new execution...

COVID Interrupts Jill Biden's Vacation
First Lady Leaving
COVID Isolation

First Lady Leaving COVID Isolation

Jill Biden tests negative

(Newser) - Update: The first lady is COVID-free again. Jill Biden has tested negative for the coronavirus and will leave isolation in South Carolina, per the AP . The 71-year-old tested positive last week but had only mild symptoms. She now plans to join her husband at their Delaware beach house, her office...

She Was Gardening Before She Was Killed by an Alligator

88-year-old was found dead near pond

(Newser) - An 88-year-old South Carolina woman was killed by an alligator Monday in the country's fourth confirmed fatal gator attack this year. The woman was found after an alligator was spotted "guarding what was believed to be a person" near the edge of a pond in a gated 55-and-over...

SC Woman Killed by Umbrella on Beach Outing

Tammy Perreault, 63, died Wednesday in South Carolina

(Newser) - A midweek beach outing turned tragic for a South Carolina woman after an umbrella blew over and fatally impaled her. WMBF reports that 63-year-old Tammy Perreault of Horry County was struck in the chest Wednesday around 12:40pm by the umbrella. It had toppled with the wind on the shore...

Murdaugh: I Want to Be Tried by 'God and My Country'

He pleads not guilty to killing wife, son

(Newser) - Alex Murdaugh, the disbarred South Carolina lawyer charged with murdering his wife and son last year, appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty. In answer to a prosecutor's question on how he wanted to be tried, he said, "By God and my country," the State reports....

Report: Murdaugh to Be Charged in Deaths of Wife, Son
Alex Murdaugh Indicted
in Murder of Wife, Son

Alex Murdaugh Indicted in Murder of Wife, Son

South Carolina attorney is charged in double-homicide

(Newser) - Update: This summary has been updated with Thursday's indictment. A grand jury in South Carolina has indicted attorney Alex Murdaugh in the high-profile murders of his wife and son last year, reports the AP . The indictments are for two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a...

Workplace Discovery Solves Missing Man's Disappearance

Alex Gordon fell into industrial shredder at South Carolina plant weeks ago

(Newser) - A 20-year-old employee at a recycling plant in South Carolina seemed to vanish without a trace in May. Now, the coroner in Spartanburg County has solved the mystery: Alex Gordon fell into a giant plastic shredder at the Industrial Recycling and Recovery plant in Greer, reports the State . The revelation...

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