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Aiken County solicitor to seek death penalty in police officer slaying

Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 5:06 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 1:18 AM
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South Carolina authorities will seek the death penalty against the man charged in the December 2011 slaying of an Aiken public safety officer.

Second Judicial Circuit Solicitor J. Strom Thurmond Jr. filed notice Thursday, informing defense attorney Aaron Walsh of his intention to seek the death penalty against his client, Stephon M. Carter.

Carter, who turned 20 on Monday, is charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Aiken Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson.

Police say Carter was a passenger in a Chevrolet Impala that was stopped the night of Dec. 20, 2011, by Public Safety Officer Travis Griffin on Brandt Court after shots were reported at another location a few minutes earlier.

Griffin was joined at the scene by Richardson and Sgt. Tracy Seymour not long after the car was stopped. Authorities say Carter got out of the car with his hands in his pockets and then pulled out a .38-caliber Rossi revolver and fired. Griffin was hit first, in the chest, but was wearing a bulletproof vest. Richardson, shot in the abdomen and head, died later at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Carter also is charged with attempted murder in Griffin’s shooting, according to court records.

The solicitor’s notice automatically triggers a couple of things for the defendant’s case, Walsh said. First, Carter will be appointed another attorney certified by the state in trying capital cases, he said.

“I anticipate another attorney will be appointed sometime this week,” he said, explaining that the lead counsel must have at least fives years’ experience trying felony criminal cases to be certified.

Second, the South Carolina Supreme Court will designate one judge to handle all the pre-trial motions and hearings, he said.

Walsh said he was appointed Oct. 17 to represent Carter after attorney Carl B. Grant or Orangeburg, S.C., asked to be excused from the case.

Carter, who was shot by an Aiken police officer before he was captured, no longer requires a wheelchair but is still attached to a colostomy bag as a result of his injuries, Walsh said.

“He is not in any poor health other than that,” he said. “He is getting around completely under his own power.”

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 12/03/12 - 06:12 pm
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The naacp
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will intervene saying " Aiken county is racist in pursuit of the death penalty against a poor black boy who was just trying to make a living".

Jane18
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Jane18 12/03/12 - 07:23 pm
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Death Penalty?

Oh Yeah!

scorehouse
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scorehouse 12/03/12 - 07:42 pm
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go jr. go!
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why waste a dime of taxpayer money on this scum!

mosovich
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mosovich 12/03/12 - 08:11 pm
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Public execution..

Let's start making these executions public! We've gotta take control of our society from these thugs who aren't worth the time of day!

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 12/03/12 - 08:46 pm
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I say put in a fast lane for
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I say put in a fast lane for it and then put it on Pay Per View.. proceeds going towards victims, their families, or a charity

rebellious
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rebellious 12/04/12 - 12:23 am
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I hate to say it

but when the evidence is as strong as this, save the state the cost of a trial.

Off to the gallows with him. The best deterrent and 100% recividism rate results from capital punishment. Especially in such a heinous and unnecessary murder.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 12/04/12 - 04:11 am
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I know how you feel Rebelious

But...
I'm gong to disagree. I'm glad he gets the right kind of attorney. I want his attorney to put a up a rigorious defense as specified in the Constitution. I want to make sure the judicial system keeps working the way it has for over 200 years.
On the other hand this guy makes me so angry at the callous way he disregarded human life. I think this monster is the lowest of the low. He thought he was a "gangsta" but he's nothing more than a mistake of nature.
If he is convicted I'm certain he will be executed. No way do we let a cop killer languish on death row for 15-20 years getting stay after stay.
Justice will be served but unfortunetly the death penalty will never be a deterrent.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 12/04/12 - 07:46 am
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I don't think you mean 100%
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I don't think you mean 100% recidivism rate, Rebellious.

rebellious
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rebellious 12/04/12 - 09:14 am
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Carter

If sentenced and sentence of death is executed, I can guarantee 100% that Stephen M. Carter will never commit another crime. I stand corrected. For Stephen M. Carter, there is zero percent chance of recividism and he will be forever deterred from a future life of crime.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 12/04/12 - 10:09 am
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Prayers to everyone involved
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Prayers to everyone involved in this senseless tragedy.

I don't ever want to play God....a killing for a killing doesn't solve anything. Some say this will deter other viloent attacks; i disagree.

The Lord says vengence is mine.

Who are we to say who should live and who should die.

Noone ever wins in a Tit-for-Tat.

Prayers to everyone involved in this senseless tragedy.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/04/12 - 10:30 am
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Prayers to everyone involved in this senseless tragedy.

Prayers to everyone spoken twice, Mr. HenryWalker3rd indicate in my book, that in your mind the victim had no value as in many court trials, this is the norm.

Tit-for-Tat........One Dead-Other Should Live

To make you feel better for "prayers to everyone"....Yes, I'm praying to God that he allows this piece of S to live an additional 5 minutes while being executed while Its rotten soul is sent to Hell.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 12/04/12 - 11:15 am
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Blacks will not
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sentence a black to death for the killing of any white person. Recent history has proven that.

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bubbasauce 12/04/12 - 01:03 pm
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In the Bible it says an eye

In the Bible it says an eye for an eye. Yes I do agree with making these executions public. I will guarantee when thugs see this they might actually think about the consequence of their actions before killing someone. But of course with all the bleeding hearts out there, this will never, ever happen!

v4vendetta
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v4vendetta 12/04/12 - 01:17 pm
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2 concerns

1. if this were a regular citizen, would death penalty be sought? probably not

2.if the crime was perpetrated by a caucasian, would the death penalty be sought?

I am concerned about the bias in selecting when to and when not to seek the death penalty.

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longleafpine 12/04/12 - 02:16 pm
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v4v

Regular citizens don't shoot policemen. Had he been caucasian, the death penalty would be sought. There can be no bias when the victim is a police officer. If someone, black or white, will kill an officer, then no one is safe.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 12/04/12 - 02:36 pm
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God SAID VENGENCE IS MINE.
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Cobalt, I pray for you too, but did I say what you thought you read?

God SAID VENGENCE IS MINE. PERIOD.

Who are we?

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 12/04/12 - 02:37 pm
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And how can you say you "pray
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And how can you say you "pray to God" but include vile language in that prayer....God is not evil. God is LOVE.

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MarinerMan 12/04/12 - 05:12 pm
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Sorry v4venetta, You're Wrong
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We executed Timothy McVie. He was white. This is a callous killer of a Peace Officer.
@Henry - God can have his vengeance with what is left, after we have ours. I too, hope they short him some juice. As Boortz says, worthless piece of Yak-Squeeze. And if they can't find someone with "gumption" in Georgia, send this trash to Texas, where they do it right, and quick.

v4vendetta
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v4vendetta 12/04/12 - 06:21 pm
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to mariner man

There's clearly been many executions of caucasions--that's not the point. But generally, prosecutors don't seek the death penalty for one murder, though it can happen, depending I guess on circumstances and other factors. Oklahoma executed mcveigh who was involved in the deaths of 74 people--and by saying 'we' it was oklahoma, not GA.

But aside from my 2 points, this maybe about a son trying to make his own mark with some big shoes to fill.

Jane18
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Jane18 12/04/12 - 06:48 pm
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To Execute or Not To Execute

Henrythe3rd, GOD told us a life for a life, execute a murderer and/or a rapist and send on to HIM. >v4vendetta It doesn't matter what color someone is, white or black and all colors in between, the murderer of a police officer(IN FACT, ANYONE THAT WAS MURDERED) deserves the death penalty! >and shrimp, if the death penalty was done in the way it should be done, as soon as possible(when there is No doubt to the guilt) I believe it would be a deterrent. You see, nowadays, these good-for-nothings aren't afraid of the death penalty, they know it will be a year or two before they go to trial, if they even do. They know they can take a plea and get life, plus there are so many lawyers that know so many crooked ways to create reasonable doubt or talk about what crummy childhoods these people have. Then you have poor counties that want these guys to take a plea just to save some money. Oh yeah, a quick execution that people can see, I'd say it would be a deterrent!

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 12/04/12 - 08:32 pm
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Jane18, maybe we can agree on
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Jane18, maybe we can agree on one thing..what you BELIEVE and what is REAL are two different things. You are entitled to what you believe..though, for myself, I'll stick to reality.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 12/04/12 - 11:37 pm
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No, v4vendetta...
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It was "we", as in Society, and as in "We the People", since he was put to sleep by the Federal Government. In my opinion, if you take the life of a Peace Officer, you ride the Express Train to Jackson Classification Center. Sorry for the misspelling of Timothy's name. Trying to do too many things @ once. I don't really care about the "number" one kills.

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erniereed 12/05/12 - 12:01 am
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Aquitted. I think the Messiah

Aquitted. I think the Messiah honorable Mike Hunt is the blame. Mike hunt is the problem, not the solution. Messiah hire good cops and hire cops who are fair. Report the abuse inside the jail house Mr. Aiken County. Report things to the press and not make it clandestine. Blacks please do not go to NAACP because you will be wasting your time unless you have $35.00 to join some stupid membership. NAACP in Aiken County are aghasted to fight AIKEN COUNTY COPS. CALL THE SLED HQ AND SPEAK to the MAJOR. I KNOW HE IS A MAJOR OVER THE SLED. Don't waste your time speaking to HUNT.

I finally see what Tupac Shakur was talking about all of these years.

Jane18
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Jane18 12/05/12 - 12:31 pm
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Palmetto's Comment

What?? Your comment is confusing. I know what I say is real, or why would I, or anyone, say something they cannot back up? I don't really care what you believe(that's your choice), but, know this, one of us is right and the other one is wrong!!

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