Originally created 07/23/02

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Dad charged with DUI in 2-year-old's death

SPARTANBURG -A father whose 2-year-old daughter died when his car struck a tree has been charged with felony driving under the influence and child endangerment.

McKala Destiny Turner died Sunday of injuries she suffered in the crash Friday, Spartanburg County Coroner Office investigator Brad Wall said.

The girl was thrown from her safety seat, which was not properly anchored, when George Aaron Turner IV, 21, ran off the shoulder of a road and wedged his car between two trees, Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jim Dean said.

Police arrest man after fatal stabbing

GREENVILLE -A man taking out his trash Sunday morning found a 39-year-old woman who had been stabbed, authorities say.

Phyllis Anne Sloan was stabbed in the chest and died at the hospital a short time later, Greenville County Deputy Coroner Kent Dill said.

Tommy Lee Franklin was arrested and charged with murder, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. James McCann said. Mr. Franklin had a hunting knife on him when he was picked up, police said. The stabbing followed an argument, Sgt. McCann said.

Jury quickly decides to condemn killer

GREENVILLE -A jury listened to a rambling and sometimes profane argument from a man on trial for killing his ex-girlfriend's parents, then took less than three hours to sentence him to death.

Brad Keith Sigmon said Sunday he beat Gladys and William "David" Larke to death with a baseball bat in April 2001 after he realized their daughter, his ex-girlfriend Rebecca Barbare, didn't love him as much as he loved her.

Two inmates escape prison in Spartanburg

SPARTANBURG -Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped from a minimum-security prison.

Thomas Gary Simmons, 28, and Samuel A. Moody, 32, escaped from the Northside Correctional Institution on Saturday night, authorities said.

Mr. Moody was serving 15 years on a second-degree burglary conviction. Mr. Simmons was serving 15 years for armed robbery. Both were convicted in Oconee County.

Mr. Simmons is white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 165 pounds and has blue eyes and brown hair. He has several tattoos, including a heart, the Grim Reaper and the letters T.J. on his right arm.

Mr. Moody is white, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds and has hazel eyes and brown hair. He has a scar between his eyes and on his left eye.



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