COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina pardoned syndicated radio host Tom Joyner's great-uncles Wednesday, nearly a century after they were sent to the electric chair for the 1913 murder of a Confederate Army veteran.
Officials believe the two men are the first in the state to be posthumously pardoned in a capital murder case.
Black landowners Thomas and Meeks Griffin were executed 94 years ago after a jury convicted them of killing 73-year-old John Lewis, a wealthy white veteran living in Blackstock, a Chester County town 40 miles north of Columbia. Two other black men were also put to death for the crime.
"This won't bring them back, but this will bring closure. I hope now that they rest in peace," Joyner said. "This is a good day."
Joyner, who lives in Dallas, and his attorney made a presentation to the state parole and pardon board on Wednesday, then left the room while the board voted. Family members who flew in for the hearing included his wife and sons, of Dallas, and brother and his family, from Jackson, Miss.
Police say Mississippi State running back Anthony Dixon was arrested over the weekend and charged with driving under the influence.
An arrest report from the Starkville Police Department says officers found Dixon intoxicated late Saturday night with two empty champagne bottles on the floor of his car.
Mississippi State spokesman Joe Galbraith says coach Dan Mullen is still trying to gather facts before deciding on disciplinary action and won't comment yet.
The 21-year-old from Terry was recently named preseason second-team All-Southeastern Conference and is the Bulldogs' best returning offensive player.
He rushed for 869 yards and seven touchdowns to bring his career totals to 2,603 yards and a Mississippi State record 30 touchdowns. It's unclear if he has an attorney.