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Aiken shooting suspect transferred from hospital to jail

Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 1:02 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 1:41 AM
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The man suspected of fatally shooting an Aiken policeman last month has been transferred from the hospital to the custody of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Stephon M. Carter, 19, was booked into the Walton Way jail Monday and immediately transferred to the medical wing of the Charles B. Webster Detention Facility on Phinizy Road, according to Sheriff Ronnie Strength.

Strength said he could not comment on Carter’s medical condition.

The next step will be a hearing before a Magistrate Court judge to determine whether Carter will waive his right to a formal extradition proceeding. If he waives formal extradition, Carter could be in the custody of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office within a couple of days.

Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Troy Elwell said Carter will be picked up and placed in the jail’s medical wing as soon as the agency is notified by Richmond County.

Carter’s attorney said he would not comment on whether his client would waive formal extradition.

Should Carter request formal extradition, authorities have 30 days to seek a request from the South Carolina governor’s office to extradite him from Georgia.

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