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SC Domestic Violence Murder Trial Begins

Brutal Domestic Violence Murder of Popular USC Professor Goes to Trial A murder case that has become emblematic of South Carolina’s domestic violence murder problem is finally going to trial as of Monday, October 6th. In August 2011, male suspect, then 37, killed his ex-girlfriend in her home after she broke off her relationship with him. The victim, a 36-year-old University of South Carolina professor and a rising star in the field of children’s literacy, was stabbed numerous times in her Shandon duplex. Information from a search warrant … [Read more...]

Rape and Murder Stats Up in SC

South Carolina’s Violent Crime Down, Except Rape and Murder Cases Although overall violent crime is down in South Carolina for the fourth year in a row, two types of violent crime – rape and murder – are on the rise. The state also still exceeds the national average of violent crime by 27%. However, violent crime in general in the state decreased 6.3% between 2011 and 2012. South Carolina statistics show that there were 27,072 violent crimes in the state in 2012, which is an offense rate of 55.9 per 10,000 residents. Murder statistics, … [Read more...]

Father Faces Murder and Child Cruelty Charges After Child’s Heatstroke Death

Father Knew Son Was In Backseat, Still Faces Murder Charges in Child Heatstroke Death Investigators looking into a Georgia father’s negligence have downgraded the man’s murder and child cruelty charges from first to second degree, but now believe that the man knew his 22-month-old son was in the backseat of the car before the child's heatstroke death. Justin Ross Harris, 33, from Marietta, was charged with murder and child cruelty charges in the first degree on Sunday, June 22nd. The cruelty to children charge was downgraded to second degree, … [Read more...]

Father Charged with Murder When Son Dies in Hot Car

Georgia Father Charged with Murder After Son Dies in Hot Car On Thursday, June 19th, a Georgia father charged with murder was denied bond after he left his son in a hot car and the child died. Justin Ross Harris, 34, a resident of Marietta, went to work around 9 AM with his 22-mont-old son in the backseat of the car. Harris left his son in the car for the duration of his workday, forgetting to drop the child off at daycare. As he drove home around 4 PM, he noticed that his son was in the car seat and unresponsive. Harris pulled off the road … [Read more...]

West Columbia Man Arrested On Murder Charges Confesses

Father, Son Arrested on Murder Charges After Woman Goes Missing; Man Confesses to Murder A West Columbia man and his son were arrested on murder charges after the matriarch of their home was reported missing and found dead. Now, her husband has confessed to murdering his wife. On Thursday, June 19th, Marion Wilkes, 73, appeared before a judge for his bond hearing. He and his son, Joseph Cody Wilkes, had been arrested on Wednesday, June 18th, on charges that they murdered Susan Wilkes, who had been reported missing on Thursday, June … [Read more...]

More Charges for Heather Elvis Murder and Kidnapping Suspects

Suspects in Heather Elvis Murder and Kidnapping Face Additional Charges A couple from Horry County was arrested and charged with the kidnapping and murder of Heather Elvis, along with obstruction of justice. Now, the couple faces new charges arising out of the investigation into the girl’s disappearance. Tammy Moorer, 42, and husband Sidney Moorer, 38, both from Myrtle Beach, now face new criminal charges for making false statements on a Medicaid application and obtaining a signature or property under false pretenses with a value of $10,000 … [Read more...]

Heather Elvis Murder Suspect Denied Bond Again

Woman Charged with Murder in Heather Elvis Case Denied Bond Again On Friday, May 23rd, a South Carolina judge denied bond for the woman accused of kidnapping and murder in the now notorious Heather Elvis case. Tammy Moorer, 42, asked the court for a bond reconsideration. She said in her appeal that she was pregnant and concerned for her health in jail. Her attorney added concerns about a lack of evidence in against her in the murder case. In response to Tammy Moorer's bond reconsideration request, the prosecutor said that Moorer had refused … [Read more...]

Couple Sentenced for Murder of Sex Offender

SC Couple Sentenced to Life in Prison for Admitted Murder of Sex Offender A Union County man and his wife have been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder charges, which alleged they killed a man and his wife after learning the man was a registered sex offender. Jeremy Moody and his wife, Christina Moody, were sentenced to life in prison for the murder charges. The couple was arrested last July, after a neighbor called 911 around 8:40 PM after hearing gun shots. The caller asked police to check the home of Gretched and … [Read more...]

2nd Suspect Charged with Kidnapping and Murder of Holly Bobo

Second Suspect Has Been Arrested and Charged with Kidnapping and Murder in Holly Bobo Case Tennessee resident Holly Bobo went missing in 2011. This past February, one suspect in the murder and kidnapping case was finally arrested, which led to the arrest of a second suspect. Zachary Adams, 29, was arrested for kidnapping and murder in late February of this year, and now a second suspect, Jason Wayne Autry, 39, was charged with aggravated kidnapping and felony murder. Police have announced that there will be more arrests in the case. "We … [Read more...]

As I Lay Dying Singer Pleads Guilty to Murder-for-Hire Charges

Lead Singer of Grammy-Nominated Band Pleads Guilty to Charges in Murder-for-Hire Case The frontman for metalcore band As I Lay Dying pleaded guilty on Tuesday, February 25th, to his role in a murder-for-hire plot to have his estranged wife killed. Tim Lambesis faces a maximum sentence of 9 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In May 2013, undercover police arrested Lambesis in San Diego after he attempted to hire an undercover officer to murder his wife of eight years, since she filed the previous September to dissolve their marriage. As part … [Read more...]