Bartee called arrogant, reckless and desperate

September 3, 2013
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Prosecutor Lindsey Simmons called James Bartee several names as she wrapped up the state’s case with a call to the jury to pay special attention to what’s on the tape from the wire recording of defendant Bartee and his accuser, Nick Blackwell. Simmons and her counterpart, defense attorney Douglas Brannon, completed their final arguments to…

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Case approaches the jury room

September 3, 2013
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It appears more and more the jury will get the Bartee case by the noon hour. Late this morning, Assistant Solicitor Lindsey Simmons was completing her closing arguments. Simmons opened first for the purpose of stressing the law in the case, gave way to defense lawyer Douglas Brannon, then got back up before the jury…

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TUESDAY SPORTS: DB’s commit to Clemson; Braves crush Mets; Carlson promoted

September 3, 2013
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*Clemson nabbed a pair of football commitments in attendance at Saturday night’s 38-35 win over Georgia. Pledging to play football for the Tigers were defensive back Jefferie Gibson of Hope Milles, North Carolina and defensive back Van Smith of Charlotte. *In the majors on Monday, Freddie Freeman homered, doubled and tied a career high with…

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Sprouse eyes judgeship

September 3, 2013
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An attorney at Seneca intends to seek a 10th Circuit judgeship once that seat becomes officially available during 2014. Scott Sprouse confirmed to 96.3/WGOG NEWS last week his intent to apply for Seat Two—the judgeship now held by Alex Macaulay of West Union. Sprouse serves as Walhalla Municipal Judge and City Attorney for Westminster. On…

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Jury deliberations may start at mid day

September 3, 2013
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If you are familiar with the line that goes “Japanese instructor who lives in Colorado who was going to eat Mexican in Oconee County”, chances are you were in the courtroom last week for testimony in the case of South Carolina versus James Bartee. The line about the Japanese martial arts teacher was used by…

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Sunday night car accident near Westminster

September 3, 2013
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A Sunday night car accident near Westminster sent one person for treatment at a Greenville hospital. According to a report from Oconee Emergency Services, a medical transport helicopter flew the injured person following an accident around 9:30 on the Greenfield Road.

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