YORK, S.C. (AP) - The family of a man who authorities say killed a police officer in South Carolina and wounded three others says they don't know why he may have attacked them. Christian McCall's family issued a statement shortly after he was released from a North Carolina hospital after being wounded in the Jan. 16 shooting in York County. Records obtained by The Associated Press show the 47-year-old had a successful career in the banking industry making $86,000 a year and spent eight years in the U.S. Army.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court says South Carolina's 'disturbing schools' law poses a risk to students' freedom of expression and due process. The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling that the plaintiffs in the case deserve their day in court. The case involved two students who were arrested after they recorded video of a sheriff's deputy flipping a teen out of her chair and tossing her across a classroom.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A man charged with raping a woman and kidnapping her 4-year-old daughter in South Carolina has pleaded not guilty. Thomas Evans appeared in federal court Friday. Media outlets report he said little other than answering Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant's questions as the judge accepted his not guilty plea. Prosecutors say Evans beat and raped the girl's mother in their Charleston home on Feb. 13. The child was found safely in Alabama a day later, and Evans was arrested in Mississippi.
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Two men involved in the torture of a man who was later killed in a fire in South Carolina have been sentenced to prison. News outlets reported 23-year-old Mitchel Douglas Cheatham of Council, North Carolina, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday. Twenty-five-year-old Douglas Deshawn Thomas of Elgin was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors say the men tortured and eventually set a fire in in 2014 that killed 68-year-old Charles Bryant Smith at his home in Aynor.
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