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S.C. Executes Man for 1980 Murders

September 25, 1998

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ A man who took part in the robbery and fatal shooting of three service station attendants was executed by injection Friday.

Sammy Roberts, 40, was condemned for his part in the deaths of Bill Spain, Kenneth Krause and Louis Cakley.

They were all robbed then driven to wooded areas where they were shot to death June 19, 1980. The bodies were found three days later.

Roberts, Wesley Copeland and Danny Ray Coker were arrested later that year.

Coker testified against the other two in exchange for immunity, saying Copeland shot Spain and Krause, while Roberts repeatedly stabbed Krause to make sure he was dead. Roberts later shot Cakley in the back four times as he tried to run, Coker said. The robberies netted about $1,500.

Copeland died of natural causes on Death Row in 1986.

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