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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1996 |
Aspiring model Valerie Nicole Taylor and accused murderer Freddie Lee Turner are "one and the same person," a Los Angeles Municipal Court judge ruled Tuesday after comparing fingerprints taken from him in Atlanta and from her in Los Angeles. "The court is satisfied this is the person that is wanted by the demanding state," declared Judge Jacob Adajian, clearing the way for Taylor's extradition to Cherokee County, S.C. Taylor had been fingerprinted after her arrest earlier this month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1996 |
A woman identified as the man wanted for a 1979 slaying in South Carolina denied Thursday that she is the suspect as a judge ordered a new fingerprint comparison to settle the issue. Los Angeles Municipal Judge Jacob Adajain ordered the tests after Valerie Nicole Taylor's lawyer asked for them. The lawyer, Walter Krauss, said Taylor was once known as Freddie Lee Turner--the name of the suspect in the shooting death in the small town of Gaffney, S.C., 17 years ago.