As 2010 comes to a close, Live 5 News asked its viewers to rank the top stories from the past year. The results are in. Below is a list of the Top 10 stories of 2010 which were picked by voters on Live5News.com.
10. Clemson Star Dies/USC Player Commits Suicide
The USC football world was stunned and saddened when they learned of the death of former Gamecock standout wide receiver Kenny McKinley. McKinley committed suicide following issues with gambling debt. Clemson's Gaines Adams was found dead in his home in January.
9. Nikki Haley and the race for Governor
Nikki Haley was named South Carolina's newest governor and became the first female elected to the office.
8. Hanahan Woman Kills Grandkids, Self
Police say 51-year-old Phyllis Ann Oser shot five-month-old Landon Lavelle and 5-year-old Kylie Lavelle with a 9 mm gun before turning the gun on herself. All three were found in a guest bedroom.
7. Child beaten, punched by teens as mother looked on
Shakera Suncelaree Wright, 18, Tyrek Varnes, 16, along with a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old were all charged with infliction or allowing infliction to great bodily injury to a child.
The three teens were "play wrestling" with the victim, the report stated. She made a boxing motion with both fists and indicated they were hitting the child in the chest and stomach.
6. Boeing deals and incentives ironed out; Construction continues
South Carolina's tab for the Boeing Co. plant in North Charleston is growing and the agency running the program said it will ask the state to cover a $2.9 million shortfall. Construction of the plant is moving along.
5. West Ashley mother, twin boys die in fire after children left home alone
Investigators say Mary P. Brown traveled more than two miles away from her home after leaving food cooking on the stove. When she returned the house was fully engulfed. Brown died in the fire along with her twin 3-year-old sons.
4. Mount Pleasant baby dies of malnourishment, parents charged
Mt. Pleasant police arrested Charles Lewis Gordon IV and Ashley Nicole Gordon and charged them with homicide by child neglect after police say their negligence led to the child's death.
3. The Ethan Mack Trial
Ethan Mack was on trial for the death of Kate Waring. A jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on the murder charge, therefore the judge declared a mistrial.
Jurors found Mack guilty on obstruction of justice and forgery charges. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the obstruction charge, and five years on the forgery charge.
2. Shaquan Duley and the death of her 2 boys
Duley was charged with two counts of murder after authorities say she confessed to smothering the boys, strapping them into their car seats then rolling her car into the river.
1. The Murder of Rodricus Williams