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Warrants charge Aiken man, 19, in policeman's death

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 2:17 PM
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AIKEN — South Carolina authorities obtained arrest warrants Thursday against a 19-year-old Aiken man in the slaying of Aiken Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson.

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Scotty Richardson died after being shot between the 700 and 800 block of Camellia Road in Aiken.   Sara Caldwell/Staff
Sara Caldwell/Staff
Scotty Richardson died after being shot between the 700 and 800 block of Camellia Road in Aiken.

Stephon Morrell Carter was out on bond from other charges when he was stopped Tuesday night by Aiken Public Safety officers at the entrance of Pace’s Run apartments on Brandt Court, police said. In the shoot-out that ensued, Richardson was wounded and died later at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Officer Travis Griffin was hit in the chest by gunfire but was saved by his bullet-proof vest.

Carter was wounded and taken to MCG, where he remained Thursday night.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division obtained warrants Thursday for murder and attempted murder against Carter, which will be waiting on him when he is released from medical care. According to a SLED news release, Carter will be arrested and held by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office pending his extradition to South Carolina.

As part of its investigation, SLED on Thursday interviewed Aiken officers involved in the shoot-out, Aiken Public Safety Sgt. Aaron Dowdy said. At least three officers returned fire Tuesday night, Dowdy said. After SLED clears the officers of any wrongdoing – part of standard procedure in these events – they will be able to return to duty after a mental health evaluation, he said. Dowdy said he could not name the officers involved.

Carter has been a familiar face to Aiken authorities, having been arrested at least three times since he was 16, according to South Carolina 2nd Circuit Court Records.

In March 2009, he was arrested and charged with armed robbery with a deadly weapon. The resolution of those charges was unclear from court records Thursday. In July 2010, Carter was arrested for filing a false police report in connection with an incident in which he claimed he was wounded in the leg by another person. Police said Carter actually shot himself.

His most recent arrest occurred in July. Carter was charged with possession of a weapon with an obliterated serial number and released on $10,000 bond. According to court records, a grand jury returned an indictment against Carter on Dec. 1.

Blackville (S.C.) Police Chief John Holston, a distant cousin of Carter, said the young man was born into tragic circumstances, which might help explain – but not excuse – his situation. According to news reports, Carter’s parents, Willie and Sonya Carter, had already separated when he was born at Aiken Regional Medical Centers on Dec. 3, 1992.

It was three months later that Carter’s father kidnapped his estranged wife from a parking lot at Aiken Technical College. Her body was found the next day in the passenger seat of her car on a dirt road in Barnwell County. She had been shot four times with a .22-caliber pistol. Carter’s father was arrested and convicted of murder for the killing. He has been serving a life sentence at Allendale Correctional Institution since November 1993.

After his mother’s death, Carter was brought up in the Sundy Avenue home of his maternal grandparents, Sarah Jane Hickman and Samuel Hickman Sr., according to Carter’s paternal grandmother, Alberta Carter, of Blackville, S.C. He was 9 when Samuel Hickman died, leaving his grandmother as his sole guardian.

FAMILY STATEMENT

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for the support we have received from Aiken and the surrounding communities. One can never be prepared for a tragedy like this, but it is comforting to know that Scotty was loved and respected by so many people.

Members of the law enforcement community, especially the Aiken Department of Public Safety (ADPS), have been awesome. Scotty’s brothers and sisters at ADPS have been with us since this nightmare began and they have never left our side. You will never know how much each one of you have meant to us.

We would also like to thank the trauma team at Georgia Health Sciences University. Each one of you showed tremendous care and compassion while working with Scotty.

It is hard to understand why Scotty was taken from us by this cowardly act, but we know that he died doing what he loved and that was being a police officer serving the public.

In the coming days we will lay our Scotty to rest. We ask that you keep us in your prayers and especially his wife, Amelyn, and three precious boys, Zander, Chase, and Maddox. We would also ask for privacy as we mourn the loss of Scotty, a public servant and hero.

Sincerely,

The Richardson Family

RICHARDSON FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Funeral arrangements for Aiken Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson have been announced.

The funeral will be at noon Tuesday at the University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center. Burial will follow in Historic Bethany Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Monday at Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home, 715 E. Pine Log Road.

A prayer vigil has been planned for Monday outside the Aiken Public Safety Department, but a time has not been set.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Edward Scott Richardson Children’s Fund, Savannah River Banking Co., 407 Silver Bluff Road SW, Aiken, SC 29803

Sign the online guest registry is available at shellhouseriversfuneralhome.com.

– From staff reports

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paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 12/22/11 - 03:45 pm
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So he's in the hospital now,

So he's in the hospital now, did he come with his own personal ready made mug shot?

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 12/22/11 - 03:55 pm
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Please be thrifty....save my

Please be thrifty....save my tax dollars but not housing, feeding, providing medical care, clothing this scumbag.

blues550
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blues550 12/22/11 - 03:55 pm
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Better. Take him to the
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Better. Take him to the judge, who tells him his rights were violated and he is free to leave the courtroom. Immedialtely. The rest will take care of itself in short order. Problem solved. Taxes saved.

TK3
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TK3 12/22/11 - 03:58 pm
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What a waste of life all

What a waste of life all around.

FalseHopeLooseChange
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FalseHopeLooseChange 12/22/11 - 04:38 pm
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A knowledgeable person (most

A knowledgeable person (most likely from the right) said: "It's yet another product of the "system" free lunches, free housing, free handouts, free "education", no father in the home, a complete disrespect for authority. It's a shame this is allowed to continue happening".

The 'shame' is upon the liberal/progressive crowd who have for 45 years or so have perpetrated and facilitated the 'entitlement environment' we live in today -- but don't expect our 'friends' from
that 'side of the aisle to step forward and accept ANY responsibility.

Gothamist
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Gothamist 12/22/11 - 04:54 pm
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FACT-He was out on Bond from

FACT-He was out on Bond from a previous GUN collar in Aiken. PLEASE can someone in the MEDIA find out the identity of the JUDGE who let him out, or is there an overt attempt to keep this quiet???

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 12/22/11 - 05:00 pm
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Am I reading his face wrong?

Am I reading his face wrong? He looks smug, not remorseful, and disdainful. His expression gives me the impression he thinks he's going to get away with it, even get street cred for it. If I'm mistaken, I do apologize.

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 12/22/11 - 05:13 pm
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Show me his arm. I want to

Show me his arm. I want to see where the needle goes. No "no life without parole" for this one. No life at all.

my.voice
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my.voice 12/22/11 - 05:16 pm
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Just another punk bad guy

Just another punk bad guy wannbe. And the Officer and his family pays the ultimate price. Automatic and immediate death penalty for murdering an officer.

LPM
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LPM 12/22/11 - 05:37 pm
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@AutumnLeaves I doubt this is

@AutumnLeaves I doubt this is a current mugshot since he is still in the hospital and hasn't been arrested yet. This is probably from a previous arrest.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/22/11 - 05:48 pm
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So many of you think that

So many of you think that life in prison is justice for the death of Safety Officer Scotty Richardson. Sorry, I can't accept that!
He will still be alive living off your tax dollar and the Officer will be dead forever without no possibility of parole.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/22/11 - 05:59 pm
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He should have never left the

He should have never left the scene alive. Not downing the officer who put a bullet in his butt, but I recommend he spent a little more time at the gun range.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/22/11 - 06:09 pm
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Gothamist wrote: FACT-He was

Gothamist wrote:

FACT-He was out on Bond from a previous GUN collar in Aiken. PLEASE can someone in the MEDIA find out the identity of the JUDGE who let him out, or is there an overt attempt to keep this quiet???

Gothamist, they do this because the local lockups in Aiken County are full. You guys in Aiken will need to build more jails and the South Carolina Corrections Department needs to build more maximum security state prisons.

bumblebeerose
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bumblebeerose 12/22/11 - 06:20 pm
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CobaltGeorge YES THAT IS THE

CobaltGeorge YES THAT IS THE WAY THAT I WOULD VOTE AND IF I COULD GET THE DEATH PENALTY I WOULD VOTE FOR THAT AS WELL!!!!

My Father was in Law Enforcement and he always felt that the person behind bars had more rights than we do and he is right. He was also right on another point when you commit a crime you lose you rights no one made you do the crime so you should have no rights left!!!! We need to have the chain gangs back in the prison system maybe we would not have so many people there if we did. Life in prison is just a joke 3 meals and a cot. They have life made. The homeless have it harder than they do!!!!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/22/11 - 06:30 pm
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rose,,,,thanks for clearing

rose,,,,thanks for clearing my feelings about you...agree with everything you said.

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johnette4 12/22/11 - 06:36 pm
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Bumblebee I agree ..

Bumblebee I agree .. Criminals are treated better than the homeless and lower income struggling class of hardworking individuals who are not entitled to free handouts like food stamps or medicaid but yet the system will feed criminals for committing crimes and give them sufficient health care. Prison systems definately need to come with hard labor for harden criminals.. Maybe our countrys deficit would be lower if criminals work mandated labor work for less than minimal wages reducing the expenses of non american outsourcing. While I don't know this young man history, or what occured leeading up to the shooting, but its shocking sad to know a young mother is widowed and her very young children are orphaned especially during the holiday season.. As a young widow with children myself I know the grief she is experiencing at my heart aches for her..I am praying praying and still praying for her..she will need a lot of people to lean on in thew coming days weeks months and years.. God Bless her and may this young man be heaven bound!

bumblebeerose
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bumblebeerose 12/22/11 - 06:48 pm
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CobaltGeorge I agree with you

CobaltGeorge I agree with you as well. The only problem is the Death Penalty is so hard to get. People feel it violates that persons rights. What about the victims rights they really have none any more and that is such a shame.
We could talk about this all night but until people understand that people in jail have no rights how you or I feel about it will not change it.

Hope you and yours have a nice holiday.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/22/11 - 06:49 pm
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Same to you rose.

Same to you rose.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/22/11 - 06:58 pm
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Well that's a previous mug

Well that's a previous mug shot. This guy needs to die, no question. But you should be directing a significant part of your anger at the judge who let this punk walk the last time. People should be marching in front of his house and his courtroom, day and night, carrying torches and signs. All of these little punk murderers, thieves, muggers, and car jackers have been through the system before. The cops do there jobs and catch them. It's the judges who have totally failed the people they are supposed to protect and the intent of our justice system. The justice system was never intended to rehabilitate, give a second chance, or otherwise coddle a criminal of any age. Probation was intended to be a seldom used thing and only under extenuating circumstances. The primary intent of our justice system is to incarcerate and punish those who break society's laws. Our judges have perverted the justice system to where it no longer serves it's primary purpose. It's time to make things uncomfortable for these clowns in black robes. I do not have contempt of court. But I have contempt for all of these pretenders to the bench. If they wanted to coddle these punks they should have gotten a degree in social work because they are not qualified to be criminal court judges. It's time to tear out the revolving door and put in a one way door.

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Pu239 12/22/11 - 07:04 pm
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As stated earlier in the
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As stated earlier in the thread, Carter was just booked in early July for unlawfully carring a pistol, not even 6 months later he has murdered one man and attempted to murder another. Lights out, game over Stephon Carter, time to pay your tab.

Respect to Scotty Richardson's family

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/22/11 - 07:35 pm
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And that's my point. A

And that's my point. A convicted criminal, any crime, any age, is incentivised to shoot at a police officer if they think they are about to be caught in a probation violation. By using probation as the norm instead of the exception, our revolving door probation judges are setting up our police officers to be shot at every time they stop a car that has someone on probation who has a gun. We cannot punish the parent(s) who bring these little hellions into the world and fail to raise them, and we cannot punish the teachers and school administrators who fail to instill discipline in them during the early years, but we can punish these judges at the ballot box for totally failing in their primary function of protecting the public. We need to look for judicial candidates who will lock them up, first time and every time. One SPLOST I would vote for is a PSPLOST for more prisons.

bumblebeerose
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bumblebeerose 12/22/11 - 08:24 pm
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Cobalt my first post upset

Cobalt my first post upset someone they removed it. The chronicle sent an email some one did not like it. Then I guess all of us on here right now are not well liked.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/22/11 - 08:13 pm
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If the prisons are full, put

If the prisons are full, put up a stockaide fence and a metal shed...we have become too user friendly.

bumblebeerose
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bumblebeerose 12/22/11 - 08:29 pm
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Willow that would be nice.

Willow that would be nice. Make them wear pink and paint the walls pink and if they want to watch tv they need to ride an exercise bike to produce the power to operate the tv. There again we can not do that it would violate their rights.

cparker
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cparker 12/22/11 - 08:33 pm
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I don't understand why this

I don't understand why this has to be about free lunchs or racist overtone. This problem will always persists as long as we attack one another with such racial foolishness. I will just pretend white folks are always moral people. Truth is MORALITY has no race, no gender, and no address!!

painfully honest
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painfully honest 12/22/11 - 09:34 pm
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Parker, you are wasting you
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Parker, you are wasting you breath. Some people here in the "good ole" south will never see it that way. There are bad people in every race, gender, economic group, and geographical group. Some people have been taught to think that they are better than others and as a result develop a distrust for them. I know a guy that used to rob banks. He was a very clean-cut, profesional looking man. He would walk into a bank wearing a suit. The emeployees would let their guard down and he would rob them.

bumblebeerose
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bumblebeerose 12/22/11 - 09:57 pm
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This is not about race. There

This is not about race. There are just as many white kids in this kind of trouble as there are black kids. Discipline starts at home at a very young age or at least it should. Todays kids do not repect themselves how can they respect others. Look at the white kid that beat up that 85 year old woman last week when he broke in her house these two kids are about the same age. Todays world has stopped teaching the children the things they need to be productive members of society, and that is the fault of the parents. I am shocked in todays world when I meet a young person and they say yes sir or no sir. It is something you do not here very much any more. Just so you know I do not think that white folks are always moral people. Morality is in how you are raised not what color you are!

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iLove 12/23/11 - 02:28 am
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Prayers to the officers
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Prayers to the officers family.

Will anyone take into account the unfortunate life circumstances of the young man? No one chooses their family. Everyone doesn't handle stress the same way.

Lol @ all of the comments about free lunches, ebt welfare, and race. I wonder what are the thoughts of people who do not live in Augusta, but read the AC online.

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RoadkiII 12/23/11 - 02:30 am
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I can not say what I really

I can not say what I really want to 'cause it would be deleted immediately if not sooner. But I will say this, when the fired on the LEO he lost his right to live. JMO

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 12/23/11 - 02:33 am
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Unfortunate circumstances???

Unfortunate circumstances??? That gives you the right to kill someone??? Gimme me a break please.

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