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South Carolina Supreme Court Court Reverses Death Sentence In 2001 Torture Case

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South Carolina's high court has reversed the death sentence of a man convicted in a teen's 2001 torture and death.

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a trial judge should have allowed 34-year-old Steven Barnes to represent himself at trial.

Barnes has been on death row since his 2010 conviction. Prosecutors said he beat 16-year-old Samuel Sturrup with a pipe after kidnapping him from Augusta in September 2001, stuffed him in a trunk, and drove him to South Carolina.

Authorities say Barnes forced Sturrup into the woods, where he ordered four other people to shoot the teen once before Barnes killed him with a shot to the head.

The killing was discovered three months later when a dog found a skull with a bullet hole.

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