Originally created 07/03/97

Teen extradited in Aiken man's death



AIKEN - The second of three teen-agers arrested in North Carolina in connection with the killing of an Aiken businessman is now in a Columbia juvenile detention center.

Ae Khingratsaiphon, 16, of Charlotte, N.C., was extradited to South Carolina on Tuesday night, said Lt. Michael Frank, spokesman for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

The teen's age required that he be placed into the custody of the state's Department of Juvenile Justice, Lt. Frank said.

Mr. Khingratsaiphon has been charged with murder and armed robbery in connection with the killing of Carlton Ennis on June 23. Mr. Ennis was the owner of Southside Pawn and Gold on Owens Street in Aiken.

About 9:30 a.m., the Aiken County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call and found Mr. Ennis' body inside the shop in the room where he operated a video poker business. An autopsy showed he died from a gunshot to the head.

Arrest warrants on file at the Aiken County Courthouse state that a handgun was used to kill Mr. Ennis.

Mr. Khingratsaiphon, Curtis Vance Bruce Kesl, 19, and a 15-year-old boy were arrested on fugitive warrants at a Charlotte apartment June 25. The older teens waived extradition and Mr. Kesl was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center on Monday.

Police said they recovered several weapons stolen from the pawn shop when they arrested the trio.

Bond for Mr. Kesl on the robbery and gun possession charges was set at $50,000 for each. No bond is set on the murder charge.

South Carolina is also seeking to extradite the 15-year-old but police said the boy is fighting the state's efforts.

Second Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan has said she will petition Family Court to try him as an adult. Mr. Khingratsaiphon, although 16, can automatically be tried as an adult because of the seriousness of the charge, she said.