Originally created 11/29/03

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3 brothers sentenced in drug-related killing

COLUMBIA - Three brothers have been sentenced for their roles in a drug-related killing.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Anderson sentenced Rodney Coleman, 27, of Wedgefield, to life in prison on conspiracy, drug and weapon charges that he pleaded guilty to last year.

Martez Mandel Coleman, 24, of Wedgefield, was sentenced Monday to three life sentences after he was convicted last year of participating in a drug-related killing. Terrence Coleman also was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of accessory after the fact of murder.

Suspect's mother is charged as accessory

GAFFNEY - The mother of a man charged with murder has been charged as an accessory, Gaffney police say.

Teresa Humphries, 39, was at her son's apartment the night Christopher Allen Riddle, 28, was killed, Police Chief John O'Donald said.

Eric Dwayne Blackwell, 23, has been charged with murder in the stabbing death.

Slaying suspect found in North Carolina jail

MOUNT PLEASANT - A South Carolina man wanted in the shooting death of his roommate has been found in a North Carolina jail, investigators say.

Brad Lindsey, 32, had been arrested in Asheville, N.C., after police there say he tried to evade officers and was later caught with a pistol. He was charged with driving while impaired and with carrying a concealed weapon.

Officers also discovered from a nationwide bulletin that he was wanted in the shooting death of 39-year-old Robert Kinneman, who investigators suspect was killed Sunday morning.

Gathering returns to Hilton Head Island

HILTON HEAD - After four years, a family gathering that often swells to 300 people has decided to return to Hilton Head Island, where it was held for 14 years.

This year, Barbara Carter and two of her sisters returned their annual Thanksgiving gathering to the island with about 200 fewer people than usual.

The group, which doesn't think of its gathering as a family reunion, stopped meeting in South Carolina because of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's tourism boycott of the state, which began in 2000.