January 19, 2001 |
The judge in the Rae Carruth murder trial Thursday ordered deadlocked jurors to continue deliberations. Jurors had met for about 12 hours over three days when they informed Judge Charles Lamm before lunch that they were at an impasse on all four counts. They did not indicate the numerical split. Carruth, a former Carolina Panther receiver, is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams. He could be sentenced to death if convicted.
January 18, 2001 |
Jurors in the Rae Carruth murder trial might consider a compromise verdict as they enter their third day of deliberations. There are four charges against Carruth, including first-degree murder punishable by the death penalty. The former Carolina Panther receiver is accused of masterminding the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams, on Nov. 15, 1999.
September 23, 2000 |
A pit bull owner whose dogs allegedly killed a man was cleared of involuntary manslaughter Thursday. Lawyers for Frank Paul Speagle argued that no evidence directly linked his dogs to the December attack on John Mickle.
October 28, 1999 |
A woman's confession that she killed a state trooper has come days before a man is to be executed for that crime, but South Carolina Atty. Gen. Charlie Condon said in Columbia that the execution of Richard Charles Johnson should proceed on Friday because the woman has a history of mental illness and is not credible. Trooper Bruce K. Smalls was shot in 1985 after pulling over a motor home that Johnson and the woman were in.
December 5, 1998 |
Two killers who are half brothers were executed by injection for a killing during a robbery. Larry Gilbert, 43, and J.D. Gleaton, 53, were put to death in Columbia, S.C., for the stabbing and shooting death of Ralph Stoudemire. It was said to be the first time since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 that two brothers were executed on the same day.
December 3, 1997 |
A woman charged with killing her fetus through drug use avoided prison, sobbing in relief after a judge said her sorrow was punishment enough. Talitha Renee Garrick, 27, received three years' probation from Judge Thomas Cooper. She had pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 1995 death of her 38-week-old fetus. She said she smoked crack cocaine a little more than an hour before the girl was delivered stillborn.