Driver Charged With Attempted Murder of 12 at S.C. Cemetery


BY Alastair Jamieson and Gemma DiCasimirro

A 64-year-old driver has been charged with the attempted murder of 12 people at a Columbia, South Carolina cemetery after police say he deliberately struck a funeral crowd — but his potential motive remains unclear.

James Kester is scheduled to appear for his first bond hearing at 9 a.m. local time Thursday, NBC station WIS reported.

He is accused of intentionally driving his car into the 12 victims at a grave site at Greenlawn Memorial Park at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The victims, whose ages range from 11 to 78, were treated at local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries, Columbia Police Department said in a news release.

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