YORK, S.C. --- The defense attorney for suspended York County Coroner Doug McKown said his client hasn't decided whether to go back to his old job after a jury found him not guilty of three drug charges.
A York County jury deliberated nearly 12 hours before finding Mr. McKown not guilty early Saturday of cocaine possession, cocaine distribution and conspiracy to distribute cocaine charges, The (Rock Hill) Herald newspaper reported.
The jury found him guilty of a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully possessing a prescription drug after authorities found half a Viagra pill in his home. He was sentenced to a year of probation, 100 hours of community service and a $743 fine.
Authorities arrested Mr. McKown in May 2006 after they said he was videotaped watching his live-in girlfriend sell cocaine.
Ex-student won't face federal terrorism case
COLUMBIA --- A former University of South Carolina student who investigators said had bomb-making materials in his home won't face federal terrorism charges, acting U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald said.
Jason Ryan Henderson, 28, will face a federal charge of possessing an unregistered silencer, Mr. McDonald told The (Columbia) State on Friday.
Authorities found fuses, model rocket engines, batteries and other items that could be used to make bombs in his home in September 2006, police said.
Mr. Henderson was arrested in class at the university after a neighbor said he found a wireless camera and transmitter in a wall fan in his home, according to a police report.
Mr. Henderson pleaded guilty to state charges of second-degree burglary and voyeurism and was sentenced to probation, according to records obtained by the newspaper.
Police call shooting of husband self-defense
SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Authorities say they don't plan to charge a man who shot another man who tried to hit his estranged wife with his truck.
The coroner's office told WSPA-TV that 36-year-old Kenneth Ross Jr., of Greer, was shot several times Saturday morning and died at the hospital.
Deputies say Mr. Ross confronted his estranged wife and a male friend at her Spartanburg home and tried to hit her with his truck but struck her car instead.
Authorities say Mr. Ross then started coming toward his wife, and the other man got his gun and ordered Mr. Ross to stop. Deputies say Mr. Ross got closer, so the man fired.
Investigators say they consulted with prosecutors and decided not to charge the shooter because he was acting in self-defense.
Jury indicts father in death of motorcyclist
WINDER, GA. --- A father accused of killing a motorcyclist he said was threatening his daughters has been indicted on murder charges.
An Oconee County grand jury returned a six-count indictment Friday, charging Richard Harold Gear, 46, with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Police say Mr. Gear shot and killed 21-year-old Bryan Joseph Mough on Feb. 25 as the motorcyclist drove by Mr. Gear's Bogart home. Investigators say Mr. Mough followed Mr. Gear's two daughters home after they sideswiped his motorcycle. Mr. Gear has said he shot in self-defense.