Trial set for white former police chief charged with murder

ORANGEBURG, SC (AP) — A white former South Carolina police chief is expected to stand trial this week for murder in the 2011 shooting death of an unarmed black man.

The indictment last month of Richard Combs drew comparisons to the Ferguson shooting and the chokehold death of a black man being arrested by police in New York.

Combs, the former chief and sole officer in the small town of Eutawville, faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted of murder in the death of Bernard Bailey. The two men argued after Bailey went to town hall to question a traffic ticket Combs had given Bailey’s daughter.

Pre-trial motions were set for Monday morning but then delayed for five hours. The reason for the delay was not immediately clear.

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