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Judge clears way for prosecution in SC councilman’s death

CHESTER (AP) — A magistrate says prosecutors can proceed with charges against four of the five men accused in the November shooting death of Chester City Councilman Odell Williams.

Magistrate Yale Zamore on Tuesday said probable cause exists for prosecutors to move forward with the case, The Herald of Rock Hill reported.

Tuesday’s ruling affects the murder charge against 18-year-old Christopher Moore, as well as accessory charges against Quinton McClinton, 26, Derrick Dixon, 20, and 20-year-old DeAngelo Roseboro.

Terrance Buchanan, 25, could have a hearing later. Police testimony indicated it was Buchanan’s statements to police outlining the crime that helped lead to the arrest of the other four suspects.

An attorney for Moore says he will seek to use the “stand your ground” defense, accusing Williams of being the aggressor in the confrontation. Police have called the shooting a gang killing.

Defense attorneys say Williams chased the men for three miles and fired as many as three shots at them before he was killed. Williams, 69, was a retired Chester police officer who had been on the City Council since 1997.

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