Five men have been charged in connection with the murder of a University of South Carolina student. The 22-year-old Columbia man was shot and killed on March 26 in his off-campus residence. The arrests, which were announced by the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office on Nov. 22, were the result of an investigation that lasted eight months. Four of the men have been charged with murder and armed robbery. The fifth man, who police believe fired the fatal shot, has been charged with murder and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
A South Carolina teenager was recently sentenced to over 20 years in prison for stabbing his mother to death in 2015. He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in early October.
On Sept. 28, South Carolina investigators arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly shooting a mail carrier to death on Sept. 23. The death occurred in Andrews in Williamsburg County.
Some types of violent crime are rising in South Carolina and across the country, according to the 2019 National Crime Victimization Survey. The report was issued by the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics. Researchers asked people if they were victims of crimes, regardless of whether the incidents were reported to police or other officials. Around 150,000 households and 240,000 individuals are surveyed each year, and the reports consistently show that less than half of all crimes are reported to police. Many crimes involve people who know each other, and victims may be hesitant to turn to authorities.
A South Carolina jury deliberated for a little over three hours Aug. 27 before finding a 24-year-old man guilty of the 2014 murder of Lexington County teenager. The judge then sentenced the man to the state mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison. He was given a prison credit of five years because he has been under house arrest since 2014. The case drew widespread media attention because the killing occurred after teens from rival high schools became embroiled in an argument following a basketball game.
A 33-year-old man told a judge that he shot and killed a man inside a South Carolina Walmart store because a third individual wronged him. The admission was made during a July 6 bond hearing when the victim's father asked the man why he had killed his son. The man was denied bond and is being detained at the Greenville County Detention Center.
Media outlets in South Carolina have reported that three people have been charged in connection with the 2018 murder of a 25-year-old man. A Greenville County Sheriff's Office representative said deputies believe that a 37-year-old woman and two men aged 24 and 25 committed the crime. The woman was taken into custody on May 8 and two men, who are cousins, are being held in Spartanburg County on unrelated charges. The three suspects have all been charged with homicide and possessing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
A South Carolina teenager is facing homicide, obstruction of justice and weapons possession charges in connection with the death of a 22-year-old man. According to media reports, the 17-year-old Summerville resident has been denied bond and remains in custody at the Berkeley County Detention Center. The teen called 911 at approximately 12:30 p.m. on April 24 to report that a man had been shot in his apartment. Emergency operators initially classified the incident as a possible suicide.
A 24-year-old man was charged with the death of a 21-year-old college student in South Carolina. The woman was reportedly at the Bird Dog bar on the night of March 29 when she hailed a ride from Uber after getting separated from her friends. When a black Chevy Impala arrived, the woman got into the vehicle thinking it was her ride.
The death of a 73-year-old woman four days after two young men allegedly broke into her home and shot her has prompted authorities in Seneca to upgrade charges against the men to murder. She succumbed to her injuries at Greenville hospital. The two suspects, ages 19 and 17, had originally been charged with first-degree burglary and attempted murder.