Former SC death row inmate now up for parole

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 6:16 AM
Last updated 11:56 AM
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COLUMBIA - The man who spent more time on South Carolina's death row than any other current inmate could soon be set free.

AP
This April 23, 2010 photo provided by the SC Department of Corrections shows Edward Lee Elmore, 51. Elmore, who had been the longest-serving inmate on South Carolina’s death row, was moved to another prison earlier this year after a judge ruled him mentally unfit to be executed and he was sentenced to life in prison. Elmore had been scheduled to have a parole hearing Wednesday, October 20, 2010, but that proceeding was delayed at the request of his own attorney.


The state Parole Board is hearing a request today from 51-year-old Edward Lee Elmore.

Earlier this year, a judge ruled Elmore mentally unfit to be executed. In April, another judge sentenced him to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Elmore had been on death row since 1982, when he was convicted of the murder of Dorothy Edwards. The 75-year-widow had been stabbed 52 times when she was found inside a bedroom closet at her Greenwood home, with 11 broken ribs, head wounds and lacerated organs.

Elmore is also appealing his case in federal court. His attorney says Elmore is nervous about life outside prison.

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CABoatright
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CABoatright 10/20/10 - 06:12 am
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Elmore SHOULD be nervous
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Elmore SHOULD be nervous about life outside prison......he better have an armed guard to keep him safe from his victim's family members.

Indigo
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Indigo 10/20/10 - 06:57 am
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Mentally unfit to be

Mentally unfit to be executed? What exactly does that mean and why would it result in him being eligible for parole ever?

buddyg
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buddyg 10/20/10 - 07:15 am
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DID THE 75-YEAR OLD LADY GET

DID THE 75-YEAR OLD LADY GET PAROLED.THEY SHOULD STILL KILL HIM.BUT LET HIM OUT SO HE CAN KILL AGAIN.

getalife
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getalife 10/20/10 - 07:52 am
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Our screwed up so-called

Our screwed up so-called Justice System!

CATFISHSTEW
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CATFISHSTEW 10/20/10 - 08:37 am
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I'm speechless....is there

I'm speechless....is there any end to the maddness of the judicial system. The lady was stabbed ribs broken and organs cut up...my my my this country is going to hell in a hand basket.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/20/10 - 09:04 am
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Judges and lawyers. Go
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Judges and lawyers. Go figure.

fontana
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fontana 10/20/10 - 09:16 am
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Hope he moves to the

Hope he moves to the neighborhood where the parole board members live.

airbud7
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airbud7 10/20/10 - 09:26 am
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Wow can't kill him so set him

Wow can't kill him so set him free?

Brenda_G
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Brenda_G 10/20/10 - 09:57 am
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"Elmore had been on death row

"Elmore had been on death row since 1982, when he was convicted of the murder of Dorothy Edwards. The 75-year-widow had been stabbed 52 times when she was found inside a bedroom closet at her Greenwood home, with 11 broken ribs, head wounds and lacerated organs."
Not mentally fit to be executed, but mentally fit enough to be unleashed on society? NOW we're not just talking about Elmore's mental fitness, but apparently a nameless judge's mental fitness, as well. What am I missing?

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 10/20/10 - 10:25 am
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All of you have made great

All of you have made great points. Elmore is being released from his death sentence and possibly prison BECAUSE he is a homicidal maniac and isn't fully responsible for his actions?!

The last couple lines in this article says that Elmore is nervous about being released and is appealing his case (sounds like he doesn't want to be released). Is this crazy man more sane than the judges who have taken steps to set him free?

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Jane18 10/20/10 - 10:35 am
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He is a murderer! Not

He is a murderer! Not mentally fit? That makes it even worse, and now he is to be put out among mankind again? Who are the two 'mentally fit' judges that made these asinine decisions?

Jane18
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Jane18 10/20/10 - 10:39 am
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Elmore is nervous...........

Elmore is nervous........... I think he should be scared to DEATH to be released. I know he would be scared if Dorothy Edwards had been in any way related to me(after all the things he did to her)!

PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 10/20/10 - 10:59 am
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This is trouble waiting to

This is trouble waiting to happen.

flipa
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flipa 10/20/10 - 09:26 pm
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This whole time SC is denying

This whole time SC is denying a hearing or lie detector test to a guy who was framed for not giving in to extortion and given 10 yrs in prison. He has NEVER had a HEARING and he has never been allowed to take a lie detector test. He was down on the Gulf cleaning up after hurricane Katrina when the alleged crime took place in SC. Everyone who knows about the crime including the supposed victims have written letters and presented log books and hotel receipts PROVING that he COULD not have done the crime as he was nowhere NEAR SC. The ONLY reason why he’s still there is his accuser who is now wanted for EXTORTION is black and he is white. David Key has never even had a parking ticket, or speeding ticket, was a former Boy Scout, always paid all his taxes and has never been in trouble even once. But SC wants to set this murderer free...

fontana
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fontana 10/23/10 - 08:45 am
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