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  • Police say an investigation into two brothers for a killing in South Carolina led to videos of them and others beating up at least five people at homeless camps in Greenville. Greenville County deputies released parts of the videos Thursday showing several men repeatedly punching and kicking at least three different people inside tents or outside. Deputies say they are still investigating and there may be more victims.
  • The mounting indictments and police investigations surrounding Alex Murdaugh have led to widespread interest in the yearlong saga that has unfolded since his wife and son were found shot to death on their property. The disgraced South Carolina lawyer faces more than 70 indictments, including allegations of fraud, a drug ring, a staged attempt on his life and more than $8 million stolen. He was charged with murder in the deaths of his wife and son Thursday. Longtime friends and associates have been roped into the charges as well. This timeline lays out the events in the cases against Murdaugh.
  • The downfall of disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh can be traced through people whose lives crossed his. There was his wife, found dead along with their youngest son in June 2021. That led to a half-dozen investigations into his finances. There is the 19-year-old woman killed in a boating crash. Prosecutors say Murdaugh's slain son was drunk and drove the boat into a bridge pier. A wrongful death lawsuit by the teen's family threatened to expose Murdaugh's schemes to steal money from his law firm and clients. There also was the Murdaugh housekeeper, who died in a fall, and the one-time client who prosecutors say ran a drug and money laundering scheme with the disbarred attorney.
  • A man charged with killing two South Carolina sisters 12 years ago but who disappeared out of the legal system after he was found incompetent to stand trial has been arrested in Colorado. An attorney for the sisters' family, Lori Murray, says 43-year-Joseph Brand was taken into custody Thursday. A South Carolina sheriff's statement confirmed the arrest, saying Brand was taken into custody in Pueblo, Colorado. Court records show Brand was found incompetent to stand trial on two murder charges in 2012 and sent off to a state hospital for treatment. If his mental condition improved, he was supposed to return to jail and await trial. Instead, Brand showed up free in Kingstree some months ago.
  • A man who shot and killed three people in a South Carolina home and then used their smartphones to send himself money for a plane ticket has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Jeffery Powell pleaded guilty Friday. Prosecutors say Powell killed his aunt's husband, a cousin and his cousin's daughter in their Greenwood home last August. Investigators say he also shot and wounded an 8-year-old boy who hid in a bathroom with his dead sister for several hours before going to a neighbor's home to look for help. The 37-year-old Powell sobbed as he apologized in court for the killings.
  • Authorities say an autopsy found unusually severe brain disease in the frontal lobe of the former NFL player accused of fatally shooting six people in Rock Hill, South Carolina before killing himself in April. The family of Phillip Adams agreed to have their son's brain tested for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The degenerative disease is linked to head trauma and concussions, and can cause symptoms including violent mood swings and memory loss. CTE expert Dr. Ann McKee says the 20 years Adams spent playing football definitely gave rise to his diagnosis. The victims' family said the autopsy results provide them with some comfort in the midst of their crushing heartbreak.
  • A lawyer from a prominent South Carolina legal family who found his wife and son shot to death at their home three months ago and was injured when a bullet grazed his head as he changed a tire over the weekend says he is going to rehab. Alex Murdaugh's statement Monday also said he "made a lot of decisions that I truly regret" but did not go into details. Hours later, Murdaugh's law firm said he took money from the business. PMPED law firm says Murdaugh is no longer associated with them. Murdaugh's 52-year-old wife Maggie and 22-year-old son Paul were killed June 7. No arrests have been made.
  • Investigators say a lawyer from a prominent South Carolina legal family who found his wife and son shot to death at their home three months ago had a bullet graze his head as he changed a tire on a lonely rural road. State police said Alex Murdaugh was able to call 911 after he was hurt Saturday afternoon in Hampton County.
  • A South Carolina prosecutor whose office was run for decades by a prominent legal family who had two members killed in a shooting has excused himself from any prosecution in the case. In a letter August 11, Solicitor Duffie Stone turned the case of who killed 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh and her 22-year-old son Paul over to the state Attorney General's Office.
  • A South Carolina man has been sentenced to life in prison for abducting and murdering the woman who mistook his car for her Uber ride in 2019. A jury on Tuesday found Nathaniel Rowland guilty in the death of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson. The University of South Carolina student disappeared in March 2019. Her body was found less than a day later in remote woods. Prosecutors said Rowland had trapped Josephson in the car with childproof locks that could only be opened from the outside and then stabbed her more than 100 times. Defense attorneys argued that none of Rowland's DNA was found on the victim.