Originally created 03/02/05

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34-year-old charged in stepfather's death

SUMMERVILLE , S.C.- The stepson of a 34-year-old man has been charged with murder after authorities said the stepfather was stabbed to death.

An autopsy showed Frederic Lovell Wilson died from excessive blood loss, said Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet.

Mr. Wilson's stepson, Davie Anthony Rivers Jr., has been charged with murder. Mr. Rivers, a Marine home for the weekend, told police he stabbed his stepfather in their dining room because he was worried Mr. Wilson would hurt his mother during an argument, police said.

"He went there to defend his mother's honor," said Summerville Detective Jon Rogers. "He didn't plan on killing him."

Mr. Wilson grabbed his wife's throat during an argument and Mr. Rivers told him to stop, according to a police report. Mr. Rivers later argued with Mr. Wilson, who punched Mr. Rivers in the face before someone grabbed a knife.

Group wants attention on unsolved lynchings

ATLANTA - A group of activists seeking justice in the 1946 lynchings of four black sharecroppers in Walton County has asked the local prosecutor to seek indictments in the case. The group also is planning events to call attention to the unsolved crime.

Members of the Moore's Ford Memorial Committee are organizing a public forum to be held April 1 at the Walton County Courthouse in Monroe to discuss the killings of George and Mae Murray Dorsey and Roger and Dorothy Malcom. The next day, the group will lead a 2-mile march to the site where the Dorseys and Malcoms were killed along the banks of the Apalachee River.

The group sent a letter to District Attorney Ken Wynne last week asking him to reopen the 58-year-old case. However, Mr. Wynne says he needs new evidence before he can do that.

House votes to block same-sex marriages

COLUMBIA - The House easily agreed Tuesday to change South Carolina's Constitution to deny the recognition of same-sex marriages from other states.

The legislation is intended to "bolster and strengthen the defense of traditional marriage and defend traditional values in South Carolina," said Rep. Greg Delleney, R-Chester.

Sixteen states have changed their constitutions to define marriage, Mr. Delleney said.

The Constitution would have a section added that says marriage is "exclusively defined as a union between one man and one woman."

The amendment would void all other types of unions, including those recognized in other states.

Last-minute appeals don't halt execution

JACKSON, Ga. - Georgia executed a man Tuesday who killed a pizza shop manager during a three-week robbery spree 14 years ago.

Stephen A. Mobley, 39, was given a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson for the Feb. 17, 1991, murder of 24-year-old John Collins. He was pronounced dead at 8 p.m.

A federal court issued a brief stay Tuesday evening, then withdrew it. Last-minute appeals failed, leading to the state's second execution this year.

Mr. Mobley issued a lengthy final statement just before he was executed.


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