Lawyer says Gag order Unnecessary in Killing of Missouri Woman

1 decade 3 years 7 months ago Monday, August 28 2006 Aug 28, 2006 Monday, August 28, 2006 3:08:48 PM CDT August 28, 2006 in News
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina lawyer says a gag order in the case of a Missouri woman who was strangled is a heavy-handed way to protect a defendant's right to a fair trial. Attorney Jay Bender, a lawyer for several newspapers in South Carolina says other ways to guarantee a fair trial include extensive questioning of potential jurors. A judge signed a wide-ranging gag order last week in the death-penalty trial of Jerry Inman. Inman is charged with murder, rape and kidnapping in the death of Tiffany Marie Souers, of Ladue, Missouri. She was a student at Clemson University, and was found strangled in her apartment in May. The gag order keeps prosecutors, lawyers, police and relatives of the victim and defendant from talking to reporters.

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