SC High Court Upholds Bixby's Death Sentence 8-17-2010 - FOX Carolina 21

SC High Court Upholds Bixby's Death Sentence 8-17-2010

The South Carolina Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a man convicted of killing two police officers in a dispute over a highway widening project in 2003.
Steven Bixby's attorneys said his sentence should be overturned because prosecutors tried to play on jurors' emotions by showing scenes from one of the officer's funerals.
Chief Justice Jean Toal said in the ruling released Monday that the video showed the impact of Abbeville County Sheriff's Sgt. Danny Wilson's death on the community.
Prosecutors said that Wilson was ambushed as he knocked on the family's door to talk about their dispute with state transportation officials.
Constable Donnie Ouzts was killed when he went to check on Wilson.
Bixby's father, Arthur, has been involuntarily committed to a mental institution. His mother, Rita, is serving a life prison sentence.

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