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The South Carolina Bar CLE Division is proud to present A Criminal Trial Demonstration: Cold-Blooded Custody. Do you want to learn how great lawyers try cases?  Would you like a peek inside the jury deliberation room to see and hear how jurors relate to attorneys, process evidence, assess witness credibility, and make decisions about guilt and innocence? Course Planners Judge Robert Hood and Thirteenth Circuit Assistant Solicitor Alexa Kluska, have selected some of South Carolina’s most experienced prosecutors and defense attorneys to demonstrate the height of the trial lawyer’s craft by trying a “cold-blooded” murder case in front of a live jury. If you prosecute or defend criminal cases in South Carolina, you won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to watch some of South Carolina’s top criminal practice attorneys try a case and hear a live jury deliberate and reach a verdict.  You’ll get to network with your colleagues and get a full 6.0 hours of MCLE credit. Join us in Columbia at the Richland County Courthouse, or at one of our 7 satellite locations around the state. A special thank you the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for their support of this wonderful program.

Case Facts: This case involves a charge of murder against 61 year-old Tom Moore. The victim, Nicholas Gary, was found dead outside the Moore family home. An autopsy showed that Gary was shot multiple times with a handgun and assaulted with a hammer. Gary was the ex-husband of the Defendant’s daughter, Terry Moore, with whom he was involved in a custody dispute. Other individuals in the home that night, included Terry Moore and her new boyfriend, Anthony Harrison.  Moore admits that he shot the victim, but states that it was in self-defense.  His prior statements to investigators suggest that he shot the victim after they had an argument over an upcoming custody hearing. Moore states that following the argument, an enraged Gary attempted to break back into the home through the kitchen window, and Moore, not knowing the identity of the intruder, shot him to protect his family. Daughter, Terry Moore also gave several statements to officers alleging spousal abuse at the hands of her ex-husband. Two witnesses will testify on behalf of the State.  First, Anthony Harrison will give his side of the story as to what he witnessed in the Moore home on the night of the murder.  Then, Jennifer Phillips, a counselor at the Moore’s church, will testify about an interesting conversation she had with Moore before the incident.  On behalf of the Defense, Tom Moore has chosen to waive his Fifth Amendment right to tell the jury his account of the night. The Defense will also call Terry Moore.  

This seminar is an intermediate level program.

8 a.m. Registration

8:20 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:25 a.m. Overview of Trial

Presiding Judge: Honorable Robert E. Hood, Columbia, SC

8:40 a.m. Opening Statements
State: L. Mark Moyer
Defense: S. Harrison Saunders

9:20 a.m. Examination of Anthony Harrison (State Witness)
Direct:  Don N. Sorenson
Cross:   Jim Bannister                              

10 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Examination of Jennifer Phillips
(State Witness)
Direct:  William “Bill” Weeks
Cross: Heath Taylor

10:55 a.m. Examination of Tom Moore (Defendant)
Direct:  George Johnson
Cross:   C. Dale Scott

11:35 a.m. Lunch

12:50 p.m. Examination of Terry Moore
(Defense Witness)
Direct:  Debbie Barbier
Cross:   Candice A. Lively

1:30 p.m. Closing Argument
State: J. D. Rowell
Defendant: Joe M. McCulloch

2:10 p.m. Jury Charge

2:25 p.m. Break

2:40 p.m. Jury Deliberations
(shown live in the courtroom) and Verdict

3:25 p.m. Final Thoughts and Panel Discussion

4:10 p.m. Adjourn


Defense Team:
James W. Bannister, Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, LLC, Greenville
Deborah B. Barbier, Deborah B. Barbier, LLC, Columbia
George C. Johnson, Johnson, Toal & Battiste, PA, Columbia
Joseph M. McCulloch, Jr., McCulloch and Schillaci, Columbia
S. Harrison Saunders, VI, The Law Ofc. of S. Harrison Saunders, VI, LLC, Columbia
Heath P. Taylor, Taylor Law Firm, LLC, West Columbia

Prosecution Team:
Candice A. Lively, Sixth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Chester
L. Mark Moyer, Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Greenville
John David “JD” Rowell, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Columbia
C. Dale Scott, Eighth Circuit Solicitor's Office, Greenwood
Donald N. Sorenson, First Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Summerville
J. William “Bill” Weeks, Second Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Aiken

All registrations must be pre-paid. Need to cancel or transfer your registration? Simply notify us in writing no later than 24 hours prior to the published start time of the seminar at You will be eligible to receive a full refund, be transferred to the live webcast or archived online version of the same seminar (if available), or to a live seminar of equal or lesser value - all with no cancellation or transfer fee.  Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made within 24 hours of a seminar start time, but all other options listed above are available with no transfer fee.

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