SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina prosecutor says he didn't seek the death penalty against a man who admitted killing seven people because he couldn't guarantee to the families that the killer would be executed. Solicitor Barry Barnette said Friday that lawmakers need to figure out a way to start back the death penalty. South Carolina ran out of execution drugs and hasn't been able to obtain any more. The last execution in the state happened in 2011.
WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina man is convicted of locking two teenage boys in a bedroom with little food and forcing them to use a bucket as a toilet. Solicitor Duffie Stone's office announced Friday a jury convicted 56-year-old Ernest Bailey of Walterboro of child neglect. A prosecutor said Bailey dated the teen's guardian and forced the 13- and 14-year-old boys into their bedroom whenever she left for work or to run errands.
SUMTER, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina teen has died after accidentally shooting himself. Sumter police said in a release that 17-year-old Ortagease Easterling died at a Columbia hospital Friday morning. The incident occurred Wednesday night outside an apartment.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Two men who admitted to blowing smoke into a young alligator's mouth and pouring beer down its throat have been charged with harassing wildlife. State Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Kyndel McConchie said Friday that the misdemeanor charge was filed against 20-year-old Joseph Andrew Floyd Jr. and 21-year-old Zachary Lloyd Brown. The charge carries a maximum fine of $300.
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