Originally created 10/06/04

Across South Carolina



Man shot in face during fight dies

ANDERSON - A man was shot to death after an argument at a friend's home, deputies said.

Stefano Fitzgerald Lomax, 21, of Iva, died at 10:33 p.m. Saturday, about 30 minutes after he was shot in the face, Anderson County Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman said.

No one has been charged.

Brandon Pickens, 18, who lived at the home with his mother and her boyfriend, said Mr. Lomax was shot after an argument over Mr. Lomax's putting his feet on the couch.

Professors sue over Benedict grade policy

COLUMBIA - Two former Benedict College science professors who were fired after they refused to follow a college grading policy have sued the school and its president, David Swinton.

Larry Williams and Milwood Motley filed suit Friday in Richland County Circuit Court, claiming breach of contract. The lawsuits do not specify the amount of damages sought.

The professors were terminated after refusing to assign grades using Benedict's Success Equals Effort policy, which awards freshmen 60 percent of their grades based on how much effort they put into class. The policy assigns sophomores 50 percent of their grade based on effort and is not used for juniors and seniors. Effort is defined by individual faculty members and can include measures such as attendance and completion of assignments.

The school president declined comment on the lawsuits.

Cable company worker dies on job

GREENVILLE - A cable company employee died while he was doing maintenance on a meter.

Scottie D. Bell, 34, of Anderson, died at a hospital at about 12:38 p.m. Monday, Greenville County Deputy Coroner Ken Coppins said.

Mr. Bell, a Charter Communications worker, was in a bucket truck when he hit a live wire while trying to lower the bucket, Mr. Coppins said.

Three people statewide were killed after hitting overhead power lines in 2003, according to the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Death penalty sought in man's kidnapping

GREENVILLE - Prosecutor Bob Ariail said Tuesday that he plans to seek the death penalty against a Tennessee couple charged with kidnapping and killing a retired executive from South Carolina.

David Edens, 34, and Jennifer Holloway, 27, were charged earlier this month with murder and kidnapping in the death of Jim Cockman, 71.

Mr. Cockman suffocated after his head was wrapped in duct tape. His body was found more than a week later in a freezer near Sevierville, Tenn.