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      SC justices order new sentencing hearing

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A new sentencing hearing has been ordered for a man on South Carolina's death row for killing the mother of his child.

      The state Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that John Edward Weik of Moncks Corner should have a new hearing that would give him a chance to leave death row.

      Justices said Weik's attorneys had not presented enough evidence about his background and mental health history.

      Weik was convicted in 1999 for the shotgun slaying of 27-year-old Susan Hutto Krasae at her home in Knightsville. She was the mother of Weik's son, Daniel.

      Weik confessed that he fired at least four shotgun blasts into Krasae. He previously appealed that he was not competent to stand trial, but the justices disagreed and had affirmed his conviction and sentence in 2002.

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