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Relationship of dead couple investigated

COLUMBIA - Police are trying to determine the relationship between a woman who was shot to death and the man who killed her before shooting himself in the parking lot of a Sears store.

Jesse Moody, 53, and Anita Bovain, 47, were dead at the scene, said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. Both are from Hopkins.

Witnesses told police that Mr. Moody pulled up behind Ms. Bovain's car, blocking her in the parking space, said Columbia police spokeswoman Sgt. Florence McCants.

He got out of his car, calling her name, and walked to the driver's side of her car, where he shot her several times. He walked to the passenger side of Ms. Bovain's car and fired more shots into the car before he walked back to his car and shot himself, witnesses told police.

Weapon found near woman shot by officer

GREENVILLE - A weapon was found near the body of a woman who was fatally shot by a Greenville police officer, a Greenville County deputy coroner said Sunday.

Deputy Coroner Ken Coppins wouldn't say what type of weapon was found next to the body of Sabrina M. Parker, who died of a gunshot wound to the chest Friday.

Police have said the shooting happened after Cpl. Russell Irvin responded to a break-in at the apartment building where Ms. Parker lived.

Man is charged with setting office on fire

COLUMBIA - Police have charged a Columbia man with arson after investigators say he set fire to the office of his ex-wife's divorce lawyer.

Ronald Lynn Jenkins, 40, turned himself in Sunday afternoon, said Columbia police spokeswoman Sgt. Florence McCants.

He is charged with second-degree arson, second-degree burglary and stalking, she said.

Mr. Jenkins made no statement and is not cooperating with police, Sgt. McCants said. He asked for an attorney, but Sgt. McCants said Sunday she didn't know who that was.

Attorney Robert Masella said he has been representing Mr. Jenkins' ex-wife for more than three years.

Last week, Mr. Jenkins lost an appeal in his divorce case, Mr. Masella said.

Greenville man will be executed in Texas

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A drifter set to die this week for killing an Amarillo woman is the first of five convicted killers scheduled for lethal injection this month in the nation's busiest capital punishment state.

Tony Roach, 30, of Greenville, S.C., faces execution Wednesday for strangling 37-year-old Ronnie Dawn Hewitt after breaking into her apartment nine years ago.

His execution would bring to 24 the number in Texas this year.

- Edited from wire reports

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