AIKEN - An Aiken County cockfighting arena that might have existed for the past two years drew a wide range of attendees, from 17-year-old girls to men ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s and 80s, including Hispanics and Vietnamese, according to documents released by authorities Tuesday.
One hundred eighteen people from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida were cited for misdemeanor cockfighting, and citations made available by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office show that most were not from the Aiken County area.
Only six of those cited had home addresses in Aiken County, while one person was from Augusta, one from Edgefield County and six from Barnwell County. Other attendees came from Charlotte, N.C.; Sebring, Fla.; and Duluth, Ga., to watch what authorities say was a daylong series of bouts between roosters with fixed blades attached to their feet.
Most of those cited hailed from other areas of South Carolina. More than a dozen South Carolina towns, including Gaffney, Gilbert, Seneca and Chester, were represented.
The five-acre tract of property off Highway 39 that was raided Saturday belongs to The Testing Facility Inc., which was registered with the South Carolina Secretary of State's office in March 2001. Its officers are listed as Secretary Jimmy Collins, of Duncan, S.C., and Vice President Kerry Dearmond and President Mike Grooms, both of Gilbert, according to public records.
Authorities have said Mr. Grooms and Mr. Collins were the organizers of the event, though they haven't been cited for additional charges above the misdemeanor count of cockfighting.
Authorities are still considering whether to bring additional gambling charges in the case, Solicitor Barbara Morgan said Tuesday. She said authorities are reviewing computer hard drives seized in the search. Sheriff's officials have no plans to attempt to seize the property, though the ownership of about $50,000 recovered by authorities during the raid will likely be decided by the courts, Sheriff's Lt. Barney Eagerton said.
Names of cockfighting suspects
Robert Cecil Cooper, 35, Aiken
Clyde Amos Mashburn, 73, Augusta
Christian G. Swanson, 53, Graniteville
Ollie Harrison Jr., 54, North Augusta
Marlo Curry, 36, North Augusta
Roosevelt Curry, 53, North Augusta
Johnny Junior Harrison, 30, North Augusta
Antonio Juan Andreas, no age provided, Johnston, S.C.
Willie Gene Hammett, 55, Williston
John Junior Atkinson, 55, Williston
Christopher Roosevelt Chavis, no age provided, Barnwell, S.C.
F. Michael Carson, 19, Barnwell, S.C.
Lloyd Rodney Atkinson, 31, Barnwell, S.C.
Rodney Chavis, 26, Blackville, S.C.
Terry Lynn Chavis, 29, Blackville, S.C.
John Carlton Hoover, 33, Pelion, S.C.
Juanita D. Tobias, 38, of Pelion, S.C.
Sheri H. Hutto, 42, Pelion, S.C.
Brian Richard Butler, 34, Little Mountain, S.C.
Terry Michael McMillan, no age provided, Gastonia, N.C.
Mario Loredo Hernandez, 31, Sebring, Fla.
Daniel Hunter Jones, 26, Rincon, Ga.
Carlos Martinez Sanchez, 26, Charlotte, N.C.
Julian Augilera Pina, 40, Charlotte, N.C.
Martin Witrago Delgado, 24, Mooreboro, N.C.
Agapito Aguilar Hernandez, 27, Auburn, Ga.
Francisco Amadar Cadena, 23, Gainesville, Ga.
Anh Duy Nguyen, 35, Charlotte, N.C.
Thuan Than Huynh, 35, Charlotte, N.C.
Gary Anthony Collins, 34, Lincolnton, Ga.
Terry Kenneth Seay, 42, West Columbia
Quang Minh Cao, 45, Charlotte, N.C.
Edwin C. Miller, 65, Duncan, S.C.
Rolando Herrera, 19, Norcross, Ga.
Erasmo Herrera, 25, Norcross, Ga.
Serafin Miranda, 51, Norcross, Ga.
Claudio Lorenzo Hernandez, 30, Johns Island, S.C.
Robert E. Smith III, 39, Forsyth, Ga.
Charles Arthur McMillan, 47, Kings Mountain, N.C.
Rick Middleton, 45, Lincolnton, Ga.
T. Jesus Rivera, 33, Swansea, S.C.
James Keith Williams, 38, Piedmont, S.C.
Tim Helms, 58, Chester, S.C.
Robert Scott Myers, 33, Chester, S.C.
John Parker Garrett, 21, Simpsonville, S.C.
Gerald Dennis Clark, 58, Chester, S.C.
Charel Mondevar, 37, Fayetteville, N.C.
Williams Edwards, 55, Fort Lawn, S.C.
Petronilo A. Martinez, 62, Gaffney, S.C.
Jorge Luis Beltran, 32, Canton, S.C.
Andy O'Neal Stephens, 45, Thomaston, Ga.
Carlos Chavez Ordaz, 33, Duluth, Ga.
Sidney Lee Moore, 57, Pickens, S.C.
Justin Robert Dougherty, 22, Hodges, S.C.
Mary Elizabeth Sanders, 48, Forsyth, Ga.
Damien Eric Dill, 23, Hodges, S.C.
Dan O'Neill Lowe, 42, Belton, S.C.
Salvador Gonzalez Carpio, 26, Norcross, Ga.
Larry Y. Dawson, 56, Laurens, S.C.
Odell Lowe, 62, Belton, S.C.
Scott Edward Lawson, 35, Clinton, S.C.
Samuel D. Hendricks, 70, Seneca, S.C.
Adolfo Chaviro, 41, Gaston, S.C.
Henry Lamont Mack, 29, Irmo, S.C.
William Earl Field, 82, Clemson, S.C.
Maria Rosales, 30, Gaston, S.C.
Letha Ann Waters, 39, Lexington, S.C.
Wilson Henry Sutton II, 20, Sharon, S.C.
Eliseo Cruz Padilla, 28, of Canton, S.C.
James Edward Moody II, 36, Clover, S.C.
Alberto Corana Martinez, 26, Gaffney, S.C.
Danny Ray Revels, 48, Chester, S.C.
Aurello Macias Gonzalez, 34, Blacksburg, S.C.
James Dylan Timms, 20, Greenwood, S.C.
James Esther Smith Jr., 60, Forsyth, Ga.
Michael Shane Brooks, 33, Hodges, S.C.
Brian S. Proffitt, 22, St. Lucy, Fla.
James Franklin McKenzie, 54, Timmonsville, S.C.
George Leo Hitt Jr., 65, Belton, S.C.
Carl Danny Bell, 58, Great Falls, S.C.
Eddie Wayne Ashley, 17, Easley, S.C.
James Morrow Collins, 72, Greenville, S.C.
Victoria Marie Musser, 42, Forsyth, Ga.
Greer Haynie Ashley Jr., 35, Honea Path, S.C.
Lindsey Marie Grooms, 17, Gilbert, S.C.
Robert David Montgomery Jr, no age provided, Clover, S.C.
Gerald Benefield, 51, York, S.C.
Harry Leo Colbert Jr., 66, Round Oak, S.C.
Gary Shane Brazell, 26, Clayton, Ga.
Michael Monroe Grooms, no age provided, Gilbert, S.C.
Johnny Douglas Garrett, 45, Simpsonville, S.C.
Janice Renee Dill, 24, Hodges, S.C.
Jose Chavez, 27, Seneca, S.C.
Anthony Paul Schnider Jr., 29, Goose Creek, S.C.
Gregario M. Leon, 36, Lexington, S.C.
Joe Thomas Melton, 36, Blacksburg, S.C.
Danny M. Ramsey, 39, Rock Hill, S.C.
Oscar A. Alvarez, 33, Swansea, S.C.
Sharen Lynn Moody, 34, Gastonia, S.C.
Jamie W. Belue, 42, Landrum, S.C.
John Leon Brock, 53, Conestee, S.C.
Felipe F. Flores, 32, Hialeah, Fla.
Victor M. Esparza, 24, Johns Island, S.C.
Rosenda Baez Esparza, 48, Johns Island, S.C.
Jimmy Paul Sanders, 54, Forsyth, Ga.
Nathan Ronald Loflin Jr., 26, Benson, S.C.
Christopher Ray Gaines, 31, Warm Shoals, S.C.
Bobby Ray McClure, 56, Seneca, S.C.
Janice Lou Griffin, 43, Macon, Ga.
David Wayne Campbell, 49, Rock Hill, S.C.
Ricky Thomas Glover, 40, Gastonia, S.C.
Frank Etheridge, 44, Lincolnton, S.C.
Gene Conner, 51, Sharon, S.C.
Ricky James Williams, 35, Gilbert, S.C.
James Morrow Collins Jr. 46, Duncan, S.C.
Larry Wayne Ashley, 58, Honea Path, S.C.
J.B. Collins, 58, Lincolnton, S.C.
Alicia Toledo, 35, hometown unavailable.
- Source: Aiken County Sheriff's Office
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