Originally created 04/15/06

Across South Carolina



USC warns students of leak of ID numbers

COLUMBIA - University of South Carolina officials are advising students to keep an eye on their credit reports after as many as 1,400 students' Social Security numbers were mistakenly e-mailed to classmates.

A department chairwoman distributing information to students about summer classes accidentally attached a database file to an e-mail she sent Sunday. The database included many students' Social Security numbers.

So far, the school is not aware of any misuse of students' information, but officials notified students of the lapse Monday and suggested they take precautions against identity theft, including notifying credit reporting agencies.

Dad convicted of girl's killing wants new trial

COLUMBIA - Lawyers for a man convicted in 2004 of raping and killing his 12-year-old daughter have asked for a new trial.

Billy Wayne Cope is serving life in prison plus 30 years for the strangling death of his daughter Amanda Cope, who was found dead in her bed Nov. 29, 2001.

Jurors also convicted James Edward Sanders in September 2004 of raping and killing Amanda. He also is serving life plus 30 years. Mr. Cope's lawyers argue their client was asleep while Mr. Sanders raped and killed Amanda.

Mr. Cope's lawyers think the jury should have been told Mr. Sanders was a "sexual predator," according to papers filed Wednesday with the state Court of Appeals.

Attorney accused in killing returns home

COLUMBIA - An attorney charged with murder returned to his Columbia home wearing a monitoring device after completing psychiatric treatment in North Carolina.

Dewain Herring, 64, is accused of fatally shooting 32-year-old nightclub manager John Johnson on Jan. 29.

A judge set the conditions of release at a hearing Thursday. Mr. Herring can leave his home only for legal counsel or medical treatment.

His request to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings was denied.

He must submit to random alcohol and drug testing and cannot have alcohol or weapons in his home. Mr. Herring also must pay the $250 monthly tab for the electronic monitoring device around his ankle.

Prosecutors did not object to house arrest.

Man is shot, killed in neighbor's home

LIBERTY - A man has died after being shot inside a neighbor's home, Pickens County investigators said Friday.

Doyle O'Brian Teague, 39, was found shot to death Thursday on the floor of the home of Susan Hendricks, 42, according to a sheriff's department incident report.

A deputy found Mr. Teague when he responded to a call about a shooting at Ms. Hendricks' home. Mr. Teague lived on the same street, according to the incident report.

Ms. Hendricks told the deputy that Mr. Teague had stepped inside her home without permission.

- Edited from wire reports