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Details emerge in slaying of ex-SC football star

Apr 19, 2011 10:35:00 AM - thestate.com
Former Berkeley High School football star Bobby Gadsden was shot in the back of the head when he was caught stealing a gun and ammunition inside a man's home last week.

A pair of handcuffs, a black butterfly knife and a cell phone were in the dead man's pockets, authorities said Monday.

Despite swirling, small-town rumors and a grieving family's Internet campaign questioning whether Gadsden's death was justified, Moncks Corner police say they have no intention of charging the 50-year-old homeowner or anyone else except for the two men police say were helping Gadsden break into the Cooper River Boulevard home.

Lt. Wendell Bowen said nothing in their investigation, including statements from one of the co-defendants, indicates that Cecil Barwick acted with anything but the appropriate force when he fired on Gadsden as the 21-year-old bounded down the stairs with the gun and ammo.

Bowen said it appears Gadsden may have had just enough time to turn when he saw Barwick at the bottom of the stairs. Barwick's one shot caught him in the back of the head, to the side.