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Suspect in Aiken officer slaying gets lawyer

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 The family of Stephon M. Carter has hired trial lawyer Carl B. Grant as a defense attorney, according to a statement from Grant’s firm, which has offices in Columbia and Orangeburg, S.C.

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Police said Carter was arrested Dec. 20 after he initiated a gun battle with Aiken Public Safety Department officers after a traffic stop on Brandt Court in Aiken.

Police reports said that Carter fired at least two shots, killing Master Public Safe­ty Officer Scotty Rich­ardson and hitting Officer Travis Griffin in the chest. Griffin was protected from serious injury by his bulletproof vest.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has obtained warrants for murder and attempted murder against Carter, who remains at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, recovering from a gunshot wound.

Grant was traveling to Augusta for an initial visit with his client Wednesday.

“Naturally, I want to recapture the presumption of innocence in a case like this,” which can inflame the public’s emotions, Grant said. “Every citizen is guaranteed a right to a fair trial.”

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EMS6465
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EMS6465 12/28/11 - 03:38 pm
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It is a shame that he lived

It is a shame that he lived to stand trial.

nycweeks
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nycweeks 12/28/11 - 04:41 pm
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He will be made into a hero

He will be made into a hero in prison. Those low-lifes in there will all look up to him and the SC taxpayers will pay for 80 years of upkeep. A young, healthy guy like that has some very valuable organs that someone else deserves. Prison is not a deterrent for things like this, but the threat of killing a murderer immediately after conviction and giving their parts away likely would be.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/28/11 - 04:50 pm
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I first saw this headline,

I first saw this headline, “Defense attorney named for shooting suspect,” with no photo or context, on the Discussion page. I thought the story was about a suspect in one crime being shot by a defense attorney.

Saywhatyouthink
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Saywhatyouthink 12/28/11 - 05:00 pm
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Are you kidding me? Who is

Are you kidding me? Who is paying for this? This must be an attorney who works for free? Mr. Grant I hate to tell you but I personally would not call this individual a "citizen"!!!! And as far as a trial...I believe the bible says, Matthew 5:38 (King James Version):Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. The notion that for every wrong done there should be a compensating measure of justice. Living off of SC taxpayers for the rest of his natural born life with three meals, and a roof over his head, and being able to see his family is not JUSTICE.

KSL
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KSL 12/28/11 - 04:59 pm
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I did too, Little Lamb.

I did too, Little Lamb.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 12/28/11 - 05:07 pm
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saywhat - Wow, you win

saywhat -

Wow, you win today's "Take the Bible out of context" award. The next verse goes on to say "turn the other cheek." I guess you forget to "turn to the next page"....So, yeah, way to ask what would Jesus do.

What this guy allegedly did was awful and, if guilty, he should be punished. But the measure of our society is how we treat the least of us (Jesus said that, too, by the way). So, this person is entitled to due process just as anyone would be.

nomoregoodness
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nomoregoodness 12/28/11 - 05:40 pm
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This useless "human being"

This useless "human being" shot Officer Richardson point blank in the head! That is a fact! I'd prefer to not have to pay for him to spend the rest of his sorry life in prison! Here's hoping he never leaves GHSU!!!

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CobaltGeorge 12/28/11 - 05:42 pm
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rc09..."So, this person is

rc09..."So, this person is entitled to due process just as anyone would be."

Tell that to Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson!

allhans
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allhans 12/28/11 - 05:48 pm
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del

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tbh88644
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tbh88644 12/28/11 - 05:59 pm
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I hope every time he has an

I hope every time he has an appearance if they are in public that as many members of the public show up in support of the officer as they did at the events around his memorial.

Saywhatyouthink
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Saywhatyouthink 12/28/11 - 06:07 pm
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realitycheck09...There is

realitycheck09...There is only one God that we have to answer to and I am not him, so I do not have to forgive.

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rmwardsr 12/28/11 - 07:43 pm
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realitycheck09: Due process

realitycheck09: Due process is how long it should take to march him to the gas chamber, not how he should be treated. This piece of human excrement should be given the same chance he gave Scott Richardson; one shot to the head should take care of this criminal.

Ingus
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Ingus 12/28/11 - 08:06 pm
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One bad thing about being a

One bad thing about being a cop is that you carry a gun. That makes other people that carry guns nervous and then they shoot at you, sometimes before you can shoot at them. It's why a cop carries a gun afterall.
It is a sad event, but in a state, in a country, that celebrates gun ownership and encourages it, this is one risk.
The ultimate price was paid by the officer and now, the shooter will never, ever, taste a good meal, or wear his clothes, or touch his family again. Which is fine by me. I say slip him a handcuff key and let him run, for a short distance. Then shoot for center of mass. About 10 times.

mc
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mc 12/28/11 - 08:09 pm
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All i have to do is look into

All i have to do is look into his eyes in the picture. There is no human being in there. Its a deep dark empty space without a care in the world.

Ingus
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Ingus 12/28/11 - 08:46 pm
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@mc. And just think that's

@mc. And just think that's the last public photo he will have. Just prison photos and maybe one for a death certificate in prison.

OnlyInAmerica
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OnlyInAmerica 12/28/11 - 09:14 pm
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he is entitled to due process
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he is entitled to due process and he's also entitled to die for what he did. hopefully it'll be a nice quick trial and death sentence to follow. maybe in 20 years it'll actually be carried out. either way he's going to hell, so i have comfort knowing that.

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juantez 12/28/11 - 10:58 pm
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Here we have the lawyers,
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Here we have the lawyers, judges, preachers, mind readers and the witness to the shooting... We should hold court...

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Riverman1 12/29/11 - 12:12 am
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There are problems with life

There are problems with life sentences besides the obvious concern about the individual receiving parole. What if our nation takes a drastic turn to some extreme government and certain prisoners are viewed differently? That can mean all kinds of things including someone just opening the door and letting everyone out.

I'd guess the odds of monumental changes in government or overwhelming events happening to our country in the coming decades that would free our worst prisoners are pretty good. Know what I mean?

yellowdogsc
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yellowdogsc 12/29/11 - 12:16 am
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I encourage everyone to visit

I encourage everyone to visit Carl B Grant's website. It is a musical sensation.

http://www.cbgrant.com/

itsanotherday
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itsanotherday 12/29/11 - 12:27 am
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Long ago I realized that due
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Long ago I realized that due process for scum like this guarantees due process for people like me. We need to keep that in mind when thinking about what we would like to do to pieces of human debris like this.

That said, I am glad his trial is in SC because they have a better track record of giving the needle to people like this. Of late, Georgia has experienced some cases of jury nullification that let trash like this get life.

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scgator 12/29/11 - 07:53 am
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His website is done by a

His website is done by a wedding / video company called www.meaentertainment.com; REAL professional don't ya' think.???

My question is, given the facts, and number of witnesses, why waste money on legal services; a judge could review this and "pass" judgement saving all taxpayers a lot of money.................

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JRC2024 12/29/11 - 09:56 am
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I hope all the bills go to

I hope all the bills go to the family of the killer from Carl B. Grant since they hired him. The state should not be responsible under any circumstances for payment. Since the officers had their guns drawn there must have been a reason. Could it have been because of his previous history?

OnlyInAmerica
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OnlyInAmerica 12/29/11 - 10:23 am
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@JRC: the family hired the
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@JRC: the family hired the lawyer...why would you think the state would be paying for him?

FalseHopeLooseChange
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FalseHopeLooseChange 12/29/11 - 11:11 am
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Carl B. will make sure this

Carl B. will make sure this one is 'not over until its over' as his website states he's got the "ability to win when loss is expected"....

agustinian
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agustinian 12/29/11 - 11:34 am
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Every citizen is entitled to

Every citizen is entitled to a fair trial .... except for officer Richardson, right?

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lifelongresident 12/29/11 - 12:03 pm
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here are the steps: first the
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here are the steps: first the "thug" will get a "decent" hair cut, 2nd correct fitting clothes, 3rd a Bible, then his "scumbag" lawyer will plead "self defense with special circumstances". the special circumstances will be that his client was scared and fired only in self-defense, that his client feared the cop (being white was racist), and don't forget slavery his "scumbag" lawyer will somehow work that in, also he will throw in that his client came from a broken home and his mom did the best she could but "he just got caught up with the wrong crowd" then of course when given a chance the "waste of a human being" will claim how "sorry" he is and that he"didn't mean it, the gun just went off" then he will tell the judge/jury how he wants to go into the military or college, all the while cluching the bible. meanwhile with his supporters in the front row....WHEN WHAT HE SHOULD RECEIVE IS A .45 SLUG TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD AND SAVE THE TAXPAYERS AND THE WIDOW/FAMILY THE COST AND PAIN OF A TRIAL!!!!!!

p.s. "citi-trends" closes at 8pm they might have a sale on "court clothes" and there's always augusta tech for the hair

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daphne3520 12/29/11 - 12:56 pm
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"EMS6465," How do YOU know
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"EMS6465," How do YOU know who is guilty? Your pseudo says it all, an $8.00 per hour EMS, lights and siren blaring when not going anywhere in a hurry and radio wayyyyy too loud while you're in Mickey D'S.

literallyamerican
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literallyamerican 12/29/11 - 01:20 pm
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Guys we all know this is

Guys we all know this is wrong wrong wrong--we know he is guilty there is little doubt but arguing over the very things our constitution guarantees us is crazy--our country was founded on these amendments. It doesnt matter if we LIKE it in this case but the very thing that we are ticked about right now might protect one of us or our loved ones in the future. I think we are all upset that this man killed a police officer--how could you not be but if we dont like OUR constitution then I think maybe you might want to try another country. It does seem unfair in some situations but it is what it is and trust me there are times I dont like it either. If we dont like the 5th and 6th Amendments that guarantee due process and a fair trial then we need to address that but remember it could come back to bite someone we know later in life.

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takecharge2 12/29/11 - 01:57 pm
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I wonder who is paying his

I wonder who is paying his hospital bill?

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Jane18 12/29/11 - 02:37 pm
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Sorry folks, some of you are

Sorry folks, some of you are off base when trying to interpret what JESUS said(and meant). Carter is a murderer, he murdered Officer Richardson and tried to murder Officer Griffin. JESUS was repeating the commandments to a rich young man what he must do to have eternal life, one of those commandments is "Thou shalt do no murder". JESUS did not come to change the law(commandments). A murderer is still supposed to be put to death, when there is no question he acually did it. He(his soul, and spirit of) must stand before GOD, and guess who else will probably be there? The one that was murdered! "An eye for an eye, and tooth for a tooth" is to be for anything that can be replaced physically or reimbursed monetarily. "Turn the other cheek" is if you have said or done something that was too much for the other person to take in mentally. But, if someone slaps you for no good reason, put it back on him!! Also, most people think a murderer can be forgiven, not so, not in the flesh body, 1John 3:15. He must be executed and sent to The Father! Then he can plead his case and beg.......and beg................

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