Around the Carolinas | Man calls 911, lies about killing someone

December 24, 2012 

South Carolina

Spartanburg

Man calls 911, lies about killing someone

Spartanburg County deputies say they arrested a man who called 911 and lied about killing someone.

Authorities say the emergency call Sunday sent several officers to a Cowpens address where a woman in the home told them she had no idea what was going on.

Deputies say the woman suggested her ex-husband may have made the call because she was harassing her over the phone. Investigators checked cellphone records and found the call came from a tower near a motel where 56-year-old Joseph Ledford was staying.

Ledford was charged with filing a false police report of a felony and unlawful use of 911. He remained at the jail Monday afternoon. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney.

Hilton Head Island

Solicitors seek return of control of dockets

South Carolina's top prosecutors have asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider a ruling that took control of trial dockets from them.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that the state Solicitors Association asked the court to give a second look to a decision last month that said the state law giving local solicitors authority over calling criminal cases is unconstitutional.

The Attorney General's Office is also asking the justices to reconsider.

The Supreme Court sided with public defenders, who said the law violates the separation of powers by giving judicial responsibility to a prosecutor, or member of the executive branch.

Solicitor Duffie Stone says the ruling went too far because judges can overrule prosecutors about when a trial starts.

From wire reports

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