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Defense continues in SC murder trial of ex-officer

Richard Combs. (Source: WIS) Richard Combs. (Source: WIS)
Scene of the shooting Scene of the shooting

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - The defense is continuing its case in the murder trial of a white ex-police chief charged with the murder of a black man in Orangeburg County.

Former Eutawville Police Chief Richard Combs faces 30 years to life in prison if he is convicted of murder in the 2011 shooting death of Bernard Bailey.

The prosecution rested Thursday after calling nine witnesses over two days. The defense immediately asked the judge to rule their client not guilty, saying the prosecution had not shown there was malice by Combs as required to get a murder conviction.

But prosecutors argued the fact Bailey was shot three times is evidence of malice. Circuit Judge Edgar Dickson ruled malice may be inferred from the circumstances of a case.

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