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Police look into crimes like the Aiken County gun shop break-in

Friday, Aug 10, 2012 3:35 PM
Last updated Saturday, Aug 11, 2012 1:02 AM
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NORTH AUGUSTA — Law enforcement agencies in South Carolina are checking into whether the three men suspected in an ill-fated robbery attempt of a Aiken County gun shop Thursday were involved in similar crimes elsewhere.



“They are looking into other crimes committed in other jurisdictions,” said Aiken County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Feemster.

Feemster said he could not comment on specific crimes or cities.

Arrest warrants have been filed for Eddie Stewart, 30, of Columbia, and Franklin Robinson, 27, of Gadsden, S.C., who remain at Medical College of Georgia Hospital after being shot during the burglary at Guns and Ammo Gunsmith on Edgefield Road in Belvedere shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday.

The store’s owner, Stephen Bayazes, 57, told Aiken County sheriff’s deputies that he and his wife were sleeping in the rear of the store when he woke to find that three men had backed a van through the side of the building and were loading it with guns.

After hearing the burglars threaten to shoot him, Bayazes said, he opened fire with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

Two burglars fled, and Stewart and Robinson were found at a Martintown Road Waffle House, where they stopped to seek help for their gunshot wounds.

A third man, K’Raven Aude Goodwin, 20, of Eastover, S.C., was wounded and left at the gun shop. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Aiken County investigators have obtained warrants for Stewart and Robinson on charges of first-degree burglary, grand larceny and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. Feemster said they will be taken into custody after their release from the hospital.

The van used in the crime was discovered to be stolen from New Vision Fellowship International in the first block of East Marian Avenue in North Augusta, Public Safety Lt. Tim Thornton said.

He said North Augusta Public Safety will not be charging the men in the theft because there were no witnesses to that crime.

Thornton said the sheriff’s office can charge the men with receiving stolen property, but Feemster was unsure whether it was pursuing those charges.

Charges will not be filed against the store owner, the sheriff’s office said.

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David Parker
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David Parker 08/10/12 - 02:50 pm
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1st Degree Burglary is a

1st Degree Burglary is a Class A felony.

Georgia Felony Murder

Under the felony murder rule, all participants of a felony can be charged with murder if a homicide occurs. This is true even if a participant isn't directly responsible for the death. For example, the driver of a getaway car can be charged with felony murder if his partner accidently shoots someone while attempting to rob a bank. The purpose for the felony murder rule is to deter people from engaging in felonies knowing that they can be liable for the actions of their partners.

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The two defendants are going to be charged with felony murder? What gives? Aren't we going to try and "deter people from engaging in felonies knowing that they can be liable for the actions of their partners"?

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 08/10/12 - 02:59 pm
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Good question ..

But SC law may be different. But my instincts as a former South Carolinian is that if they CAN file murder charges they will.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/10/12 - 03:25 pm
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The law you posted is clear

The law you posted is clear to me that the suspect is the one liable only if another suspect commits homicide. If the victim of the crime kills the suspect that's a different story all together. I agree that what you're saying SHOULD be how it works, but the specific law you cited doesn't apply here.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/10/12 - 04:05 pm
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Law...hmmm....I'm still

Law...hmmm....I'm still hoping for lead poisoning to set in.

Here is what the law will give you. First, they will get out on bond. Next, some low life lawyer will convince them to sue Mr. Bayazes for violating their civil rights by shooting them while exercising their right to steal with no fear of being punished. And even if they get convicted of a felony they will probably be out on parole before Mr. Bayazes gets his shop repaired, all of the insurance settled, and the civil suits go to court.

I say turn 'em loose in an open field and let Mr. Bayazes have another crack at them with his AR-15 and a 30 round mag.

nevertoolate
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nevertoolate 08/10/12 - 10:04 pm
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...how Columbia County handles attempted burglaries gone bad...

Leonard Jamal Wal­ton, 18, of May­wood Drive in Mar­tinez; Jose Lopez-Gamero, 21, of North Belair Road in Evans; and Edward Albert Brown III, 19, of Bridgeton Road in Au­gusta, were indicted for murder, criminal attempt to commit robbery, burglary and simple battery.

The murder charge was lodged because Justin Anthony Stephens, 19, died while a felony was being committed.

I certainly hope that South Carolina has a law such as this that they can apply to these hoodlums...

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/11/12 - 05:26 am
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Hey, you there, myfather?
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Hey, you there, myfather? Check out the charges. The combination of actus reus and mens rea in this case do not a robbery make. The state would have to prove that the three men knew the building was occupied before they rammed their van through it. It was a foiled burglary attempt. Now, who has been blathering away??

David Parker
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David Parker 08/11/12 - 06:41 am
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Forgot this occurred on other

Forgot this occurred on other side of the river. If SC has no felony murder rule then that's that. If they do, this case would be relative.

"the actions of their partners" is not limited only to committing homicide or it would spell it out. The rule leaves it unrestricted so that if your robbing buddy pulls a piece during a job and you are killed in a shootout, someone is responsible. There was an episode of First 48 in Dekalb County where they applied the law in this specific manner.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 08/11/12 - 09:27 am
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Argument without a difference.

Regardless of what they're charged with, no one would face the death penalty. Face reality, folks, this will either go to trial or be plea-bargained down to second-degree littering and in six to ten years these criminals will emerge from some institution with advanced degrees; a taxpayer funded college degree and a Master's in Advanced Criminal Techniques. If they are serious about continuing to steal, they can run for office.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 08/11/12 - 09:44 am
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The blathering is

The blathering is obvious...Mary Liz will read that on Monday....

macHT
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macHT 08/20/12 - 09:19 am
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Police look into crimes like the Aiken County gun shop break-in

"The van used in the crime was discovered to be stolen from New Vision Fellowship International in the first block of East Marian Avenue in North Augusta, Public Safety Lt. Tim Thornton said.

He said North Augusta Public Safety will not be charging the men in the theft because there were no witnesses to that crime."
Holy cow. They were in possession of the van. The van was stolen. What a lay-down by the coppers on that one!
So the van just disapperaed, it wasn't stolen? Must have been a G-dly intervention! Praise the Lord!

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