Sentencing halted in killing of Clemson U. student

A South Carolina judge has delayed the sentencing hearing for a Tennessee man facing a possible death sentence for raping and strangling a Clemson University student after defense attorneys asked for a mistrial.

Jerry Buck Inman

UPDATE 9/11/08 3:06 p.m.:

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina judge has delayed sentencing for a man facing a possible death sentence for raping and killing a Clemson University student after his lawyers asked for a mistrial.

The delay was granted Thursday so lawyers for Jerry Buck Inman can find an expert witness. The social worker they wanted to call was afraid she'd be prosecuted for practicing without a license in the state. Inman pleaded guilty in the death of Tiffany Marie Souers in 2006.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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UPDATE 9/11/08 12:15 p.m.:

Inman sentencing delayed in bikini strangling

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina judge has delayed the sentencing hearing for a Tennessee man facing a possible death sentence for raping and strangling a Clemson University student after defense attorneys asked for a mistrial.

Circuit Court Judge Edward Miller granted the delay Thursday so attorneys for Jerry Buck Inman can have time to find an expert witness to evaluate their client.

Defense attorney Jim Bannister requested a mistrial because a social worker the defense wanted to testify about Inman's traumatic stress said she was afraid of being prosecuted for practicing without a license in South Carolina.

Inman pleaded guilty last month in the death of 20-year-old Tiffany Marie Souers in May 2006 at her apartment near the Clemson campus.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Inman attorney asks for a mistrial in sentencing

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) -- Attorneys for the Tennessee man facing a possible death sentence for raping and strangling a Clemson University student have asked for a mistrial.

Jim Bannister asked Circuit Court Judge Edward Miller to end the hearing Thursday. That came because a social worker the defense had hoped would testify about traumatic stress suffered by Jerry Buck Inman said she was afraid of being prosecuted for practicing without a license in South Carolina.

Inman pleaded guilty last month in the death of 20-year-old Tiffany Marie Souers in May 2006 at her apartment near the Clemson campus.

Inman's attorneys have argued he should get life in prison, a punishment they said would be worse than death for him because of his severe guilt.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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PICKENS, S.C. (AP) -- Closing arguments were expected as a judge decides whether Jerry Buck Inman should die for raping and strangling a Clemson University student more than two years ago.

The 37-year-old Tennessee man pleaded guilty last month in the death of 20-year-old Tiffany Marie Souers in May 2006 at her apartment near the Clemson campus. The guilty plea left the decision of life in prison or a death sentence up to Circuit Judge Edward Miller.

Former prison warden James Aiken testified for the defense Wednesday, saying Inman's sex-related convictions, and a swastika tattoo on his arm, would make him a target for white supremacy gangs in prison.

Inman's attorneys have argued he should get life in prison, a punishment they said would be worse than death for him because of his severe guilt.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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