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SC Supreme Court Affirms Dorchester PCR Court; Death Sentence Affirmed in 2001 Murder Case

Marion Bowman v. State (No. 27661) During the sentencing phase of this capital murder case, defense counsel elicited testimony regarding the defendant’s adaptability to the prison environment, in hopes of convincing the jury to impose a life sentence. During one witness’ testimony on this subject, counsel elicited testimony that the defendant would not be going to a “kiddy

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Supreme Court Reverses 11th Circuit; Death Row Inmate May Be Entitled to Hearing RE: Racist Juror

Tharpe v. Sellers (No. 17–6075) Petitioner Keith Tharpe moved to reopen his federal habeas corpus proceedings regarding his claim that the Georgia jury that convicted him of murder included a white juror, Barney Gattie, who was biased against Tharpe because he is black. The District Court denied the motion on the ground that, among other

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SC Supreme Court Affirms Conviction and Death Sentence in Myrtle Beach Murder Case

State v. Luzenski Cottrell (No. 27754) Luzenski Allen Cottrell was convicted and sentenced to death by an Horry County jury for the 2002 murder of Myrtle Beach police officer Joe McGarry. At trial, the State alleged that Cottrell shot and killed Officer McGarry during a scuffle outside of a Dunkin Donuts in Myrtle Beach. The

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