Death penalty sought in SC police ambush, suspect insults prosecutor

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) β€” A prosecutor has announced he will seek the death penalty against a South Carolina man charged with shooting seven police officers in an ambush, killing two of them.

These hearings are typically routine and last just a few minutes.

But defendant Frederick Hopkins spoke for eight minutes insulting prosecutor Ed Clements and saying he wasn’t given a preliminary hearing in the time provided by law.

Hopkins twice called Clements β€œFat Eddie.”

The judge abruptly ended the hearing.

Hopkins lawyer wasn’t in the courtroom and the judge didn’t question Hopkins about why.

Hopkins’ lawyer said she couldn’t comment because of a gag order in the case.

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