POLICE: BURGLAR KILLS ACCOMPLICE OVER STOLEN ITEMS: WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities say a burglar fatally shot his accomplice after the two men argued about how to split up the stolen goods.
Police said in a news release that 46-year-old Wayne Jeffcoat was arrested Thursday and charged with murder.
Investigators say Jeffcoat was arguing with 41-year-old Steven Boone about 1:30 a.m. Thursday when the suspect grabbed a gun stolen during burglaries the two men had committed and shot the victim in the chest.
WOMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING MOM TO STEAL HER NEWBORN: RINGGOLD, Ga. (AP) — A Tennessee woman was charged with murder after gunning down a northwest Georgia woman because she wanted the woman’s newborn baby, a sheriff said.
Catherine Goins lured 30-year-old Natalia Roberts to a friend’s home in Ringgold earlier this month by saying she wanted to give the new mother some baby clothes, said Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk.
Goins then used a .380-caliber handgun to shoot Roberts in the back of her head as she went down a flight of stairs on Sept. 19, Sisk said in a statement Wednesday. Roberts crashed to the bottom landing of the staircase and was later found dead by police.
Goins, 37, of Hixson, Tennessee, had been “living a ruse” that she was pregnant, and killed the Lafayette, Georgia, woman to get her baby, Sisk said in the statement.
Investigators believe Goins wanted the victim’s infant to cover up her own faked pregnancy.
RIFLE USED IN DEADLY 1966 TEXAS RAMPAGE FOR SALE: FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A rifle used in the 1966 sniper rampage at the University of Texas that left 16 people dead and dozens more wounded is being sold in an online auction.
Bids are starting at $25,000 for a rifle Charles Whitman used to shoot from the top of a clock tower on the campus in Austin.
Donald Weiss of Dallas told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday that he’s helping the owner of the Remington 700 sell the weapon, which has changed ownership several times over the decades. Bids are being accepted on the website of Texas Gun Trader.
MOTHER ACCUSED OF BEATING, SCALDING 5-YEAR-OLD SON: MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman was charged Thursday with child abuse for allegedly beating and scalding her 5-year-old son who has Down syndrome.
Ruthann Gneiser, 31, of Manitowoc, faces one felony count of physical abuse of a child, intentionally causing great bodily harm.
According to the complaint, Gneiser told an investigator she was angry and repeatedly struck the boy on his back. When he defecated in his pants, she pulled her son into the bathroom and made him stand in the shower under cold water, the complaint said. Authorities say she filled the bathtub with hot water and the boy sat in the scalding water.
The boy was screaming when he was in the cold and hot water, Gneiser told the investigator. She said she realized the water was too hot when she reached in to help her son clean his underwear and almost burned herself, the complaint said.
Gneiser said she believed the boy sat in the hot water for up to 1 ½ minutes, resulting in the boy suffering scald burns over 8 percent of his body, the complaint said.
According to the investigator, no medical attention was sought for the boy for about three hours. He was taken to a hospital Monday.
A doctor who examined the boy told the investigator that the number of his bruises were “too numerous to count,” the complaint said.