Originally created 08/19/04

Across South Carolina



Authorities say man admitted killing wife

KINGSTREE - A Williamsburg County man has been charged with killing his wife in what deputies said was the end of a long history of domestic violence.

The couple's son and daughter were in the house early Monday morning when 46-year-old Rosa Marie Witherspoon was shot twice, authorities said.

Bobby James Witherspoon, 60, was stopped for speeding by a Kingstree police officer a short time later and admitted shooting his wife, Chief Deputy Sheriff Dwayne Wilson said.

Darlington man faces rape, murder charges

DARLINGTON - A man has been charged with killing and raping a 17-year-old neighbor, authorities say.

The body of Meisha Samuel was found Monday inside an apartment.

James Williams, 32, who lives nearby, is charged with murder, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime, Darlington Police Lt. Danny Watson said.

Police would not talk about a motive in the killing or say whether the two knew each other.

Police catch shooting suspect in Virginia

ANDERSON - A man wanted in the shooting death of an Anderson woman was arrested Wednesday in Richmond, Va., investigators said.

Deputies had been looking for Cedrick Andrae Clinkscales, 25, of Anderson, in the Saturday shooting of Kenica Richardson, 27.

Police said she was fatally shot at her home after an argument with a man she was dating.

Investigators are working to have Mr. Clinkscales returned to South Carolina.

Man gets life sentence for Denmark murder

COLUMBIA - An Orangeburg man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of a Denmark convenience store owner four years ago.

John Singleton, 34, was convicted in May 2003 of murder while using a gun during a violent crime, armed robbery, conspiracy and possession of a gun by a convicted felon.

Fleming Lee, 49, owned and operated the Lee Mart on U.S. Highway 78 in Denmark. He was found shot to death in his home next to the store early on the morning of May 30, 2000.