In Brief: 11/03/16

"Armed and dangerous" murder suspect skips trial

A Lancaster murder suspect who was out on bond never showed up for his trial, The State reports. Local, state and federal officials are now searching for 26-year-old Montrez Clark, who is considered "armed and dangerous." Clark, who has been out on bond since 2012, was set to be tried Monday as part of a 2009 murder. Another defendant in the case was killed in October.

Jury selected in Slager trial

Jurors were selected Wednesday in the trial of Michael Slager, The Post and Courier reports. Twelve jurors — 11 white and one African-American — and six alternate jurors were selected from a predominantly white pool of 75 possible jurors. Slager is a former North Charleston police officer accused of murdering an unarmed African-American man, Walter Scott, during a traffic stop.

Vista antique store property bought by developers

A longstanding Columbia business is closing in order to make way for new developments, WLTX reports. Chic Antiques, which has been in business in the Vista for 35 years, was bought by the apartment development company PMC Group. The company hasn't decided on a specific purpose for the property, but it already owns four off-campus student housing complexes. The store's owner said he might try to find a new location. 

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