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  • Authorities say a South Carolina man has been charged in a Michigan woman's 1988 slaying after investigators used forensic genetic genealogy to narrow the pool of suspects to a single family. St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney David Martin says 53-year-old Robert Odell Waters was arrested Sunday afternoon in Beaufort, South Carolina, in the killing of 19-year-old Cathy Sue Swartz. Swartz was beaten, stabbed and strangled in December 1988 in her apartment in Three Rivers, about 20 miles south of Kalamazoo near the Michigan-Indiana border. Police say her 9-month-old daughter was in the next room when her mother was killed.
  • A lawsuit alleges that police illegally detained a South Carolina couple when officers outside the jurisdiction raided their home in the middle of the night. According to complaints filed Tuesday, Shane Glover and Codie Fuller were held at gunpoint and handcuffed while unclothed by officers with the Holly Hill and Santee Police Departments on Aug. 2, 2020. The couple's lawyer says the raid was made without any outstanding warrant and constitutes an "illegal kidnapping." It's unclear what prompted the raid. Neither department immediately responded to requests for comment. Prior to the raid, Glover says he called the Holly Hill police supervisor after learning about allegedly "inappropriate personal comments" made by an officer to Fuller.
  • A judge in South Carolina has denied bond for a prominent South Carolina attorney who has become embroiled in two multimillion-dollar insurance fraud cases months after he found his wife and son dead in their home. Circuit Judge Clifton Newman issued the decision Tuesday after hearing attorneys describe how Alex Murdaugh used portions of a $3.4 million insurance payment to pay his father, personal credit card bills and himself. T
  • A prominent South Carolina lawyer has been charged with stealing insurance settlements meant for the sons of his late housekeeper. State police say Alex Murdaugh was arrested Thursday at a drug rehab facility in Orlando, Florida, where his attorneys say he has spent the past six weeks since claiming he was shot in the head. Warrants detailing the arrest on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses were not immediately released. But state police say they involve Murdaugh's housekeeper for decades, Gloria Satterfield. A lawsuit filed by the housekeeper's sons says Murdaugh arranged for more than $4 million in insurance payments over Satterfield's death but never turned the money over to her family.
  • A man suspected of murder in El Salvador was arrested Thursday in South Carolina. WSAV-TV reports the Bluffton Police Department, with help from other agencies, arrested 23-year-old Erick Salvador Hernandez Bonilla on Lady's Island. Bonilla is wanted by the International Criminal Police Organization, also known as Interpol.