Whether he testifies

August 30, 2013

Defense lawyer Douglas Brannon announces to the court this morning whether his client, James Bartee, will take the stand in his own defense. If not, it appears, all testimony will have been completed in this week’s trial, unless the prosecution presents a final witness or two. At mid day yesterday, the prosecution rested and the…

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Bartee Trial: Defense surprise

August 29, 2013

The prosecution rested its case Thursday in the trial of James Bartee at the Oconee County Courthouse. When it was the defense team’s turn, they sprang a surprise with two witnesses who rebutted that previous days testimony of Nick Blackwell. Blackwell, in a four-hour testimony on Wednesday, told the jury he wore a wiretap to…

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PRT commissioners make their choices

August 29, 2013

Oconee’s commissioners of Parks, Recreation and Tourism have recommended the allocation of $20 thousand of A-TAX funds to help several organizations to hold festivals and provide entertainment—all of which will help the county’s goal of growing its tourism business. The commissioners cast their votes at a meeting today in Walhalla. It was as much about…

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Prosecution rests

August 29, 2013

After a “SLED” agent’s testimony, the prosecution rested its case after two and a half days of calling witnesses. Now the defense for James Bartee has begun calling witness—the first two were a medical doctor and a retired FBI agent. Trial watchers have begun to wonder aloud if the strategy will be to call Bartee…

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Lexington motorcyclist files OC lawsuit

August 29, 2013

The South Carolina DOT, Oconee County, and ABC Paving company have all been named defendants in a lawsuit filed this week for a motorcyclist near Columbia. The plaintiff in the case is Stephens Ribbe, a Lexington County resident. According to the pleadings, Ribbe was riding a motorcycle September 11, 2011 in Oconee County on S.C.…

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SLED agent on the stand

August 29, 2013

An agent for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division testified for the prosecution this morning in the James Bartee trial. It fell to Michael Sloan the duty to investigate a complaint that Bartee wanted a retired judge kidnapped and left out of state so he could not attend a hearing in Anderson to decide whether…

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