Originally created 07/25/02

Across South Carolina



Death penalty sought in double slaying

YORK - The man charged in the shooting deaths of his former common-law wife and her grandmother last year in a courthouse parking lot will be on trial for his life.

Prosecutor Tommy Pope said Tuesday he will seek the death penalty for Michael Sean Godfrey, 30, when the case goes to trial later this year.

Mr. Godfrey faces murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime charges.

Wilma Thomas, 69, and her 25-year-old granddaughter, Shannon Thomas, died in the shootings.

Deputy who shot man will not be charged

GREENVILLE - A Greenville County sheriff's deputy won't face criminal charges for using the wrong ammunition when he shot a man in the hand during a standoff last month.

Officials decided Tuesday charges were not warranted against Sgt. Tab Clardy for mistakenly using a 12-gauge shotgun slug instead of a "less lethal" beanbag to shoot Theodore L. Trueblood Jr. in front of his home.

Mr. Trueblood was charged with pointing and presenting a firearm and criminal domestic violence, authorities said. Attorney Marc Smith said his client's hand had to be amputated.

Teen faces charges in caregiver's rape

SPARTANBURG - A 15-year-old boy will have a mental evaluation to see whether he is competent to stand trial on charges he raped his caregiver Sunday in a group home.

The boy, who has not been identified because he is a juvenile, had been a client at the home facilitated by the Charles Lea Center, which serves children and adults with mental and physical disabilities.

The boy was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

Man admits stabbing over loud yule music

WALHALLA - A Seneca man who admitted he stabbed his neighbor at a senior living complex during a fight over loud Christmas music has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

William Jenkins, 66, will spend a year in prison as long as he successfully completes five years of probation.

William Bobby Roach, 66, died in January, a month after he was stabbed three times at the Seniors Way apartment complex.