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  • A prosecutor says a deputy in South Carolina charged in the deaths of two women who drowned in a locked police van in 2018 ignored barricades and drove into rapidly rising flood waters against advice from his supervisors. Former Horry County deputy Stephen Flood is on trial on two counts of involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide for the drownings. He was taking the women to mental health facilities under a court order as rain from Hurricane Florence inundated eastern South Carolina. Flood's lawyer on Monday said his client is a scapegoat for supervisors who wanted him to take the shortest route and officials who let him drive around a barricade.
  • A longtime friend of once-prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh now faces 18 charges in an alleged scheme to help Murdaugh steal more than $3 million from the family of Murdaugh's dead housekeeper. An indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses Cory Fleming of defrauding the sons of Gloria Satterfield, who died following a fall at the Murdaugh home in 2018.
  • 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.
  • A former "American Idol" contestant accused of fatally running over a man last month will remain in a South Carolina jail while toxicology results are pending. The judge ended a hearing Thursday without setting bond for 17-year-old Caleb Kennedy. The country music singer could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted of driving under the influence resulting in death. Officials said Kennedy used marijuana before driving up a residential driveway and crashing into 54-year-old Larry Duane Parris. Kennedy's lawyer said his client is now on suicide watch in jail and needs to be freed or sent to an alcohol and drug treatment center.