Originally created 12/02/05

Across South Carolina



Killer says he'd prefer to be 1,000th executed

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina inmate who is scheduled to be put to death tonight for killing a store clerk on New Year's Day 1994 told his attorney that if his execution is inevitable, he'd rather be the 1,000th person killed since capital punishment resumed in 1977.

Shawn Humphries is currently scheduled to be executed about 16 hours after North Carolina inmate Kenneth Lee Boyd, who wanted no part of that infamous distinction. Mr. Boyd was set to become No. 1,000 at 2 a.m. today.

Mr. Humphries "said he would rather be 1,000 because if he has to die, No. 1,000 will be remembered, No. 1,001 won't," said his attorney, Teresa Norris, of the Capital Center for Litigation. "In his view, No. 1,000 is sort of a landmark."

Mr. Boyd said he'd "hate to be remembered as that" landmark. "I don't like the idea of being picked as a number," he told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Mr. Boyd killed his wife and father-in-law in 1988.

Discrimination alleged at college in Greenville

GREENVILLE - The local NAACP chapter says it received a number of racial discrimination complaints at Greenville Technical College after the resignation of a former administrator who referred to children of hurricane evacuees as "yard apes."

The Greenville branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People issued a report Wednesday claiming "racial polarization and discrimination" at the college but didn't release any specific allegations.

The chairman of the college's newly formed diversity committee said the school is looking at the report.

State court will try man in bomb-making case

MYRTLE BEACH - An Andrews man charged with making eight bombs and keeping them in his home will be tried in state court.

Norman Weaver, 29, has been charged with eight counts of possession of explosive devices, according to police reports.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has finished its investigation and turned the findings over to state prosecutors, said Earl Woodham, a spokesman for the ATF's Charlotte, N.C., office.

Agents searching Mr. Weaver's home in October found eight pipe bombs containing gunpowder and pieces of lead. The bombs were not timed, so a small spark could set them off, authorities said.

Mr. Weaver's neighbor Pearline Fullmore said her house often shook from loud "booms" from his home.

Congressman to raise money for alma mater

COLUMBIA - A Midlands Democrat will hold a banquet this week celebrating a new endowment for his alma mater.

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn hopes the gala tonight at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center will become an annual fundraiser for the gift to South Carolina State University. The privately funded endowment, established by Mr. Clyburn and his wife, Emily, will support study of the black experience in the state.

- Edited from wire reports