- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - Defense attorneys have completed their case in the trial of a former South Carolina police chief charged in the 2011 shooting death of a black man.

Former Eutawville Police Chief Richard Combs testified in his own defense Friday but faced a tough cross-examination when he took the stand. Combs, who is white, faces 30 years to life if convicted in the death of Bernard Bailey in the Orangeburg County trial.

Combs’ testimony was similar to a statement he gave that was read into testimony on Thursday. He said he feared for his life when he was caught in the door of a truck Bailey was driving as he tried to serve Bailey a warrant.

Closing arguments in the trial are scheduled for Monday with jury deliberations beginning afterward.



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