COLUMBIA --- The FBI will not reinvestigate the deaths of three black men killed during a civil rights protest because the state troopers involved were acquitted of all charges nearly 40 years ago, according to a report published online.
The FBI decided not to proceed with another investigation of the Orangeburg Massacre because if the agency pursued charges against the troopers, it would violate constitutional protections against double jeopardy, Denise Taiste, a spokeswoman for the FBI's South Carolina office, told The Greenville News .
Three civil rights demonstrators were killed and 27 wounded on the campus of South Carolina State University by white highway patrolmen Feb. 8, 1968.
The shootings were the culmination of several days of protest because blacks were not allowed at a bowling alley.
Man shoots, kills 2 at ex-girlfriend's home
SUMMERTON --- A mother and daughter were hugging each other in a child's bedroom when the daughter's ex-boyfriend shot and killed them both, authorities said.
About a half-dozen shots were fired at Teresa Lynelle Johnson, 19, and her mother, Barbara Johnson, 49, after the man broke into their home early Thursday morning, Clarendon County Chief Deputy Joe Bradham said.
The daughter's ex-boyfriend, Charles Junious, 24, was arrested less than an hour after the shooting and has been charged with two counts of murder, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, Chief Deputy Bradham said. A call to the Clarendon County jail early Friday morning went unanswered.
"They broke up a couple of weeks ago," Chief Deputy Bradham said. "She did not have a restraining order against Junious. However, we are investigating reports of problems between them after their breakup."
Suspected burglar flees police, drowns
SPARTANBURG --- A suspected burglar was fleeing police when he drowned in a Boiling Springs pond.
James Edward Harris cut a hole in a fence at a small engine repair shop early Thursday, triggering an alarm. When police responded soon after, they tracked the 40-year-old man into the woods behind the business.
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright says Mr. Harris got into the water and began to swim but was struggling. A deputy swam after the suspect before he lost sight of Mr. Harris.
Mr. Harris' body was later recovered in the pond by divers.
-- Edited from wire reports