A court date for two college students who allegedly concocted a colorful story of robbery and assault now is set for April.
More than a year ago, 22-year-old John Lawson Shafer and 20-year-old Penelope Jade Murray showed up at a downtown Charleston hotel in the early morning, naked and muddy and talking about another couple beating and robbing them at Waterfront Park.
Officers charged both Shafer and Murray with a city offense of falsely reporting a crime. Each student faces a maximum of 30 days in jail or a $500 fine on the city charge.
Shafer and Murray were scheduled for trial Monday, but their cases of falsely reporting a crime went unheard.
The pair surrendered to police in December 2010, a month after they told officers that another couple claiming to have a knife had slapped and punched them, forced them to undress and tossed them into the Cooper River. The pair showed up at the HarbourView Inn on Vendue Range shortly after 2 a.m. Nov. 23.