Conspiracy charge against McDuffie County teen dropped

A Superior Court judge has dropped charges against a McDuffie County teen accused of conspiring to kill a Greenbrier High School classmate last year.

Christian Reed Adams Annis, 18, was indicted in February on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder, according to an indictment.

Annis’ attorney, Travis Saul, filed a motion to quash the indictment in April. Judge J. Carlisle Over­street agreed Sept. 10 to quash the indictment. The order was filed Sept. 12 in Co­lum­­bia County Superior Court.

The conspiracy charge requires that Annis “discussed a future criminal act” with another and committed “an overt act to effect the object of the conspiracy.”

When he was arrested Oct. 28, Annis told deputies that his 15-year-old girlfriend asked him to help kill another student. He told the girl Oct. 21 that he would provide the vehicle and the guns, according to the indictment.

Ano­ther Greenbrier student who was enlisted to help informed school officials, who called police.

The 15-year-old, from Evans, was charged as a juvenile with criminal solicitation.

Saul said the prosecution deemed the first conversation as the “discussion” and the second as the “overt act.”

That logic was “completely arbitrary and vague and fails to provide proper notice of what conduct is prohibited,” according to Saul’s motion.

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