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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 | From Associated Press
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 | Associated Press
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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.
July 16, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
Lawyers in the double-murder trial of a young woman who confessed to drowning her sons finished selecting a jury Saturday, clearing the way for trial to start Tuesday. Susan Smith faces the death penalty. The 12-member panel includes nine men and three women who were selected from among 55 candidates over six days. Many of the prospective jurors expressed strong opinions against the death penalty.
July 25, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prosecutors in the double-murder trial of Susan Smith asked jurors to consider the young mother's "nine days of deceit," when she sent the nation on a vain search for the two sons she had drowned. Smith, 23, was convicted of first-degree murder Saturday for drowning the boys--3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex--in a South Carolina lake on Oct. 25.
December 13, 1994 | Associated Press
The woman accused of drowning her two sons by pushing her car into a lake with them inside was indicted on murder charges Monday. The case drew national attention when Susan Smith claimed that 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex were kidnaped by a carjacker. She made several tearful appeals on national television for their safe return before confessing that she had drowned them.
Three jurors in Susan Smith's murder case said Friday they reached a quick decision to spare her life because of her troubled past. Only one member of the jury initially voted for the death penalty, but on a second vote he was persuaded to go along with the other 11 who opted for life in prison. "We all felt Susan was a really disturbed person," Deborah Benvenuti, a clerk at a dry cleaning store, said in an interview at her home.
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