July 19, 1995 |
Susan Smith "looked this country in the eye and lied" about killing her sons, who had become an obstacle to a love affair, a prosecutor said Tuesday at the start of her murder trial. But one of her lawyers called the boys' drownings part of a "failed suicide" by a woman who "tried to cope with a failing life and snapped." Tears filled Smith's eyes and she buried her face in her hands during the opening statements at her trial on charges of drowning her sons, Michael, 3, and Alexander, 14 months.
July 20, 1995 |
Susan Smith, her family and even spectators at her murder trial broke down in tears Wednesday as a diver testified about finding the bodies of her two young sons in her car at the bottom of John D. Long Lake. "I was able to see a small hand against the glass," said Steve Morrow. "My best guess at the time was that they were in the car seats and they were hanging upside down. I was able to determine that there was one occupant on either side of the vehicle."
August 20, 1995 |
Three weeks after Susan Smith was sentenced to life in prison for killing her two young sons, two granite markers were erected Saturday in the boys' memory. The monuments sit about 60 feet from John D. Long Lake, where 14-month-old Alex and 3-year-old Michael were drowned. "If you have a family, you just have to be touched by it," said Gregory Lee of Leesburg, Va., a father of three who visited Saturday.
July 11, 1995 |
Eight months later, the mourners still come. They stand in respectful silence beside the still waters as if in church. Birds sing overheard in the trees. A breeze ripples the surface of the lake. A concrete boat ramp leads down to the water and vanishes near where a family of geese floats quietly and unconcerned. "It's just a beautiful place," said Cynthia Boatright. She had driven with her husband nearly two hours from Columbia to stand in this spot.
August 14, 1993 |
When Michael Jordan's mid-playoff trip to Atlantic City, N.J, in May sparked speculation that he had an uncontrollable gambling habit, his father, James, tried to protect him by taking responsibility for the junket. But there was no one to protect James Jordan from the assailant who shot him in the chest and left his body floating in a creek near McColl, S.C., his name unknown until dental records confirmed his identity Friday.
November 19, 1994 |
Susan Smith, charged with drowning her two young sons in a faked carjacking, is emotionally like a 6-year-old and not ready to be examined by state psychiatrists, her lawyer said in court Friday. Prosecutor Thomas Pope wants a judge to order a psychiatric exam for Smith, 23, of Union, S.C., to determine if she is sane enough to stand trial on murder charges. She is accused of drowning her sons Michael, 3, and Alex, 14 months.
August 3, 1988 |
A state grand jury Tuesday indicted Noah Robinson, half brother of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and intimidation of a witness in a plot to kill a murder witness. The indictments were returned nearly two months after Robinson and a former employee, Jake H. Oliver, were arrested in the case. Oliver also was indicted. Robinson has said he is a victim of a government-sponsored conspiracy.
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.
September 1, 1990 |
It was Frank Beacham's conscience that led him to write and direct his latest radio drama. As a cub reporter in 1968 at WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C., one of his first assignments was to cover an incident on the South Carolina State College campus in Orangeburg--three black students shot to death by highway patrolmen. At first believed to be a shoot-out between black protesters and law-enforcement officers, it was later revealed that the blacks did not have guns and were fired at while retreating.