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A somber, but important anniversary
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Of all the hundreds of stories I have written for the C-I, perhaps the most gratifying and the most tragic was “Death of a Deputy,” a five-part series we published in 2009. Friday marked the 40th anniversary of the event we focused on in that series: the murder of Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Deputy Ernest C. “Chris” Potter III. At 10:20 a.m. that day, Chris and his partner, J.C. Tollison, encountered three criminals: Theodore Byrd, McKinley Thomas and Dennis Wilson. Chris and Tollison started that morning at the Kershaw County Courthouse for security duty.