McDonald tapped as acting US attorney for SC

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January 11, 2010

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A federal prosecutor has been named acting U.S. attorney for South Carolina.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald was tapped for the role Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

McDonald takes over for Walt Wilkins, who stepped down from the post Sunday after a year and a half in office.

President Barack Obama has nominated Columbia defense attorney Bill Nettles for the job, but Nettles has not been confirmed by the U.S. Senate yet.

McDonald has been with the U.S. Attorney's Office in South Carolina for 10 years. He also served as acting U.S. attorney in 2008 when Reggie Lloyd stepped down to become chief of the State Law Enforcement Division.

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