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Man charged in Aiken Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson's death to face bond hearing Thursday

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 8:03 PM
Last updated 9:44 PM
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The man charged in the slaying of an Aiken Public Safety officer will have a bond hearing this morning.

Tom Galardi, with the solicitor’s office for South Carolina’s 2nd Ju­dicial Circuit, said the 10 a.m. hearing will address set­ting bond on the murder charge against Stephon M. Carter, although given the circumstances it is unlikely bond will be granted.

A call to Carter’s attorney, Carl B. Grant, was not returned.

Carter, 19, was arrested Dec. 20 after a shootout with Aiken Public Safety officers. Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson was shot in the head and killed.

Officer Travis Griffin was also hit in the gunfire but was protected from serious injury by his bulletproof vest.

Carter was stopped by police in a black Chevrolet Impala on Brandt Court in Aiken. Police say he was standing at the back of the Impala talking with three Public Safety officers when he pulled a pistol and began firing.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been investigating the case, but SLED officers have declined to discuss any details.

SLED spokeswoman Kathryn Richardson said some more information might be made available in the case after today’s hearing, but declined to specify what that might be.

Carter, who is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center, was wounded by police and captured at the scene, police said.

He spent almost two weeks at Medical College of Georgia Hospital until he was well enough to be taken into police custody. He was extradited Jan. 3 to face charges in South Carolina.


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