Violent crimes of any sort are vigorously investigated and prosecuted in South Carolina, and domestic violence charges are no exception. In fact, some contend an allegation of domestic violence garners more attention from law enforcement than other crimes because standard procedure typically involves an on the spot arrest. While the investigating officers look to the totality of the circumstances observed at the scene, often they primarily rely on an allegation made by the alleged victim as to what transpired. The allegation may not be entirely true.
On Oct. 31, a South Carolina man was arrested for allegedly murdering a man 12 days earlier. He was taken into custody at approximately 4 p.m. in Piedmont.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Department took a man and woman into custody for allegedly murdering a man. The suspects, a married couple from Bethune, have not yet had a bail hearing while authorities detain them in the Kershaw County Detention Center. The arrests came after a prolonged investigation that began on March 8, 2017 when police located the victim's body in Bishopville.
According to research out of the Violence Poverty Center, South Carolina was once again named one of the highest ranked states for incidences of violence against women in 2016. During that year, 48 women were murdered by men, placing the state in the top 10 for that particular category. Nationwide, black females were disproportionately affected by this type of violence. Firearms were the most commonly used weapon to commit these murders.
A South Carolina man is facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly engaged in a domestic dispute with his wife and stabbed her brother when he tried to intervene. The incident took place in Spartanburg County on Sept. 30.
A 64-year-old man was found dead in his South Carolina home on July 21. His wife confessed to killing him after an autopsy revealed that he had elevated levels of a substance called tetrahydrozoline in his system. The 52-year-old woman admitted that she had put eye drops in his water for several days prior to his passing. While there was no clear motive for the killing, his family issued a statement denying that he was unfaithful to his wife.
Police over the state line in Fayetteville, N.C., have captured two men suspected in the shooting death of a man in Myrtle Beach. The suspects, ages 27 and 29, are waiting in the Cumberland County jail without bail while authorities in South Carolina prepare extradition papers.
South Carolina authorities took a 25-year-old man into custody for allegedly killing his girlfriend. The man called police saying that he had woken up to find his girlfriend dead. He also told a dispatcher that there was blood everywhere at the scene and that he wanted to turn himself in. Police eventually found the man on Highway 9 and Pleasantdale Road, and at that time, he told officers that he didn't know what had happened.
Two men were taken into custody on suspicion of murder after they were accused of shooting a man in a South Carolina public bathroom. The alleged murder occurred in Myrtle Beach at approximately 11:29 p.m. on June 7.
North Carolina residents may be charged with voluntary manslaughter if they are suspected of having intentionally killed someone without having any prior intent to commit the act. For the label of voluntary manslaughter to be applied, the factors that led to the killing would need to have affected a reasonable person to the degree that they became disturbed mentally and physically. If this condition is not present, the offender may be accused of murder in the first degree or second degree instead.