Originally created 09/13/03

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Jury convicts man, woman in boy's death

GREENVILLE - A man and woman have been sentenced to life in prison for the beating death of the woman's son last year.

Earnetta Marie King and Patrick Bertran Walker were convicted by a jury after more than three hours of deliberation this week.

Ms. King's 13-year-old son, Rodrekus, was beaten to death at his mother's home with a mop, a stick and a metal-handled broom the night of March 22, 2002, according to testimony.

Officials propose rules on river oxygen levels

COLUMBIA - State health officials have proposed oxygen levels for the lower Saluda River that are tougher than South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. wants, but less than what environmental groups sought.

Department of Health and Environmental Control staffers proposed the standards this week.

Water analysts with the department proposed a requirement of 4 milligrams of oxygen per liter of river water at all times, with a daily average of 5 milligrams. No such requirement currently exists.

Mother gains custody of sons after mistrial

CHARLESTON - Renee Britt has been awarded temporary custody of her two sons after last month's mistrial in her trial on a charge of homicide by child abuse.

"I feel good," Ms. Britt said by phone from her Dorchester County home. "After everything that has happened in our lives, we are trying to get our lives back together again."

Earlier this year, Ms. Britt and her husband, Terrence Britt, were charged with homicide by child abuse and other counts in the death of her 6-year-old autistic son, Gabriel, in March 2001.

Police make arrest in man's shooting

MONCKS CORNER - A St. Stephen man has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting of a man found dead in his living room last week, deputies say.

Alfredean Hamilton, 21, is accused of shooting Damien Davon Jennings, 25, who was found face down on the floor of his family's St. Stephen home Sept. 2. Mr. Jennings had been shot more than twice, authorities said.

Mr. Hamilton was arrested Wednesday without incident and is being held without bail at a Berkeley County jail.