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Accused Aiken police officer shooter denied bond

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 7:57 AM
Last updated Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 3:10 AM
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AIKEN — The man charged in the slaying of an Aiken Public Safety officer was denied bond in Aiken County General Sessions Court on Thursday.

Stephon M. Carter  SPECIAL
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Stephon M. Carter

South Carolina 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge Jack Early said Stephon M. Carter was a danger to the community and could not be trusted to return to court if granted bond on charges of murder and attempted murder in the fatal shooting of Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson and wounding of Officer Travis Griffin.

Carter, 19, did not appear in court but was represented by his attorney, Carl B. Grant, of Orangeburg, who asked the judge to set a bond between $50,000 and $100,000 for his client.

He said Carter has a girlfriend who is 5 months pregnant and was baptized in the church just a few months before his arrest. He asked that Carter be released to return to the home of his maternal grandmother, where he has lived since his mother was killed by Carter’s father in 1993.

“Denial of bond is tantamount to pretrial confinement,” Grant said, explaining it would be unfair to punish his client before charges are proven in court.

Solicitor J. Strom Thurmond Jr. did not agree, stating that he opposed bond “in the strongest terms,” after going over the events that led to the Dec. 20 shootout on Brandt Court in Aiken.

Thurmond said the shootout was preceded by a report of gunfire on Teague Street, in which a witness who heard the shots told Griffin that she saw Carter leaving the scene in a black Chevrolet Impala.

Thurmond said Griffin found the Impala about 10 minutes later on Beaufort Street. After the car turned right on Camillia Street, Griffin activated his blue lights and the car turned right again onto Brandt Court, which leads into the Pace’s Run apartment complex.

Thurmond said Griffin found two other people in the car with Carter, who was in the front passenger seat. Griffin was joined at the scene by Sgt. Tracy Seymour and Richardson not long after the car was stopped, he said. Thurmond said Carter got out of the car with his hands in his pockets. It was after an officer asked him to show his hands when Carter pulled out a .38-caliber Rossi revolver and began firing, he said. Griffin was hit first in the chest, but his bulletproof vest protected him from serious injury.

Carter then moved to his right and continued to shoot, Thurmond said.

Seymour and Griffin returned fire, but Richardson never discharged his weapon. He was shot twice, in the abdomen and in the head, Thurmond said.

Thurmond said Carter ran between apartment buildings and the shootout was joined by two other Aiken officers, Chris Lind and Oliver Hadden. Thurmond said Lind fired the shot that brought down Carter at a distance of almost 70 yards. Carter was hit in the buttocks, but the bullet caused serious damage, his attorney said.

Carter, who was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital after the shooting, now has a colostomy bag, “which may be permanent,” Grant said.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigators also found two more weapons and ammunition in the Impala, Thurmond said.

After the judge denied Grant’s bond request, Early also ruled on a request by Grant to withhold the release of video from the Aiken patrol cars involved in the shootout.

Early granted a temporary restraining order blocking the release of any such evidence until a hearing on the issue, to be scheduled later this month.

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PhiloPublius
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PhiloPublius 02/16/12 - 06:09 pm
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This guy needs a long drop

This guy needs a long drop and a short stop... Rope is cheap

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/16/12 - 07:27 pm
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grant or carter?
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grant or carter?

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 02/16/12 - 07:29 pm
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Request for bond...give me a

Request for bond...give me a break. The only request he should be granted is his choice of rope, bullet, needle or electricity and the sooner the better.

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KSL 02/16/12 - 08:26 pm
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Let him out on bond after

Let him out on bond after what he has done? I would say that Baptism didn't take (months before his arrest)? He has lived with his grandmother since his father killed his mother?

my.voice
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my.voice 02/16/12 - 10:49 pm
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Don't ever think that they're

Don't ever think that they're will just stick a needle in his arm....that will take a decade or two. Shameful in this instance. There's guilty and there's ridiculous.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 02/16/12 - 11:26 pm
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Oh, bless his poor little

Oh, bless his poor little heart. He has a colostomy bag, which may be permanent. Too bad he didn't get a bullet to the head, which would have been permanent. He deserves to die in the same manner that he killed Officer Richardson.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/17/12 - 07:48 am
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I just can't feel sad

I just can't feel sad .........no bond-no way-no how.

Deployed
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Deployed 02/17/12 - 12:42 pm
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"Carter, who was taken to

"Carter, who was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital after the shooting, now has a colostomy bag, “which may be permanent,” Grant said."

Officer Richardson is dead. Which IS permanent.

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raul 02/17/12 - 02:47 pm
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“Denial of bond is tantamount

“Denial of bond is tantamount to pretrial confinement,” Grant said, explaining it would be unfair to punish his client before charges are proven in court

Pretty weak argument. Bond gets denied everyday.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 02/17/12 - 05:55 pm
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Seventy yards at a running

Seventy yards at a running target with a Glock? Great shooting. For the record, it's only in film and fiction that being shot in the buttocks isn't serious. A colostomy bag = price of shooting at other people.

This criminal deserves to live a lonnnnng life in prison with his colostomy bag as a warning to the rest of the inmates. Much better than just sitting in death row accepting accolades of being an original ganster while the in-justice system grinds on for decades of appeals.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/17/12 - 06:40 pm
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What is a thousand lawyers at
Unpublished

What is a thousand lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start.

DawgnSC69
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DawgnSC69 02/18/12 - 08:54 am
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Keep up the good work Strom

Keep up the good work Strom Jr.

my.voice
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my.voice 02/18/12 - 10:56 am
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The sad part is someone lied

The sad part is someone lied to this boy. He should be chasing girls and fixing up his car, not brandishing a weapon.

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