Originally created 11/21/02

Across South Carolina



Divers find one body in small-plane crash

BONNEAU -Divers searching for the wreckage of a small plane believed to have crashed with three people aboard found part of the cockpit and recovered a body from the waters of Lake Moultrie late Wednesday, authorities said.

The plane, which crashed Tuesday, broke apart and part of the cockpit and a body were found at 4 p.m. Wednesday, said Mike Willis, a spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources.

Eugene R. Ott, 72, of North Charleston, his son Vincent and family friend Bob Taylor were in a plane that had not been accounted for, said Eugene Ott's wife, Freda Turner Ott.

Man charged with DUI in 2 officers' deaths

SUMMERVILLE -A 28-year-old North Charleston man is charged with felony driving under the influence after an accident that caused the death of two law officers who were helping a motorist change a tire.

The officers were killed Tuesday night when Brian Nelson, 28, of North Charleston, rammed his truck into one of their cruisers as they helped a disabled motorist.

The officers were identified as Deputy Marion Eugene Wright II, 27, of Summerville, of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, and William Boland Bell, 48, of Goose Creek, of the Summerville Police Department.

Murder charge lodged for hammer slaying

GREENVILLE -A Greenville County man has been charged with murder in the beating death of a woman whose body was found wrapped in plastic under a house at a construction site.

Harold Edward Newton, 36, of Greenville, is accused of beating Jennifer Kalynn Denton, 20, in the head with a hammer after an argument early Tuesday, said Greenville police Capt. Dave Henderson.

32-year delay didn't hurt case, judge rules

YORK -A 32-year delay in the arrests of two black men accused in the 1969 race-riot slaying of a white police officer was not unfair to the defendants, a judge has ruled.

Senior Judge Edward G. Biester denied the defense's only outstanding pretrial motion to drop murder charges against Stephen Freeland, 50, and Leon "Smickle" Wright, 54, in the slaying of Officer Henry C. Schaad.

An apparent inability of detectives and prosecutors to make a case for 32 years was not "reckless," Judge Biester said.