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Double Murder Death Penalty Trial Begins in Beaufort, SC

Man’s Trial for the Double Murder of Girlfriend and Child Begins The first capital murder trial in Beaufort County since 2008 began on Monday, October 14th. The jury heard the first evidence in the double murder case of a man who allegedly killed his girlfriend and her 4-year-old child in 2009. Ernest Stewart Daise, 31 years old from Burton, SC, faces two counts of murder, along with other serious criminal charges, for killing his girlfriend, Jeanine Mullen, and her son, Waltfredo Davis-Mullen, in November 2009. Daise also, reportedly, … [Read more...]

Social Media Leads to Homicide Arrests in Fountain Inn Case

One Arrested, More Possible, in Fountain Inn Homicide Case Fountain Inn Police Chief Keith Morton said on Friday, October 4th, that one suspect had been arrested in the homicide case of a 25-year-old victim earlier in the week. Jacoby Jamar Gregory, 25, from Fountain Inn, was arrested on homicide charges including murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to police records. The victim, 25-year-old Barry Cornelius Norman, was shot late on Tuesday, October 1st, as he stood on a street corner in Fountain Inn. The … [Read more...]

Myrtle Manor Cast Member Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Myrtle Manor Cast Member Arrested on Criminal Charges of Disorderly Conduct A “Welcome to Myrtle Manor” cast member’s most recent criminal charges are for disorderly conduct. Taylor Jonathan Burt, 28, was arrested on Sunday, October 6th, on charged of disorderly conduct for fighting, and fighting/forcing company on another, according to his online arrest record. This is not Burt’s first arrest on criminal charges. On April 27th, the reality show star was arrested for criminal sexual conduct with a minor. According to police reports, the … [Read more...]

Simpsonville Man Pleads Guilty to Murder of Wife

South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Murder in Stabbing Death of Wife Two Years Ago A man from Simpsonville, SC has pleaded guilty to murder in the stabbing death of his wife at a Wal-Mart two years ago. Avery Louis Blandin pleaded guilty on Monday, October 7th, to murder in the death of Lilia Blandin, his wife, at a bank she worked at inside a Wal-Mart in Berea, SC in 2011. Circuit Court Judge Edward Miller sentenced Blandin to 30 years in prison for murder, followed by 5 years in prison for a weapons charge. "I'm just so sorry this … [Read more...]

Man Pleads Guilty to Murder in 2008 Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Slaying

Saga of Sumter Trick-or-Treater's Murder and Assault Ends with Guilty Plea On Tuesday, October 8th, the man who fatally shot and killed a 12-year-old trick-or-treater in 2008 pleaded guilty to murder in court. Quentin P. Patrick, 27, plead guilty in circuit court to one count of murder, two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill, and one count of assault with intent to kill. In return for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped one count of manufacturing cocaine. On the night of October 31st, 2008, Tony “T.J.” Darrisaw, along … [Read more...]

SC Town Sees 50% Increase in Burglary

Town Sees Doubling of Burglary Reports A town in Anderson County reports a 50 percent increase in burglary and related crimes, according to police reports from the rural community. Townville, SC reported at least 45 reports of burglary in the past six months, which officials say has doubled their burglary reports compared to last year. There were also four reports of armed robberies, and a home invasion. So far, deputies have not made any arrests on burglary charges, although Sheriff John Skipper says that there are some suspects. “We … [Read more...]

Lexington Firefighter Arrested on Burglary Charges

Firefighter Gets Administrative Leave After Being Arrested for Burglary Charges A firefighter from Lexington County has been placed on administrative leave after he was arrested on burglary charges. Ben Tillman Crider, Jr, 57, from Swansea, was charged earlier this week with second-degree burglary, as well as petit larceny of less than $2,000. He is currently free on bond. On Monday, September 23rd, at 9:30 PM, Crider was arrested on burglary charges after breaking into his landlord’s warehouse and taking $1,300 worth of merchandise. … [Read more...]

New Report Shows South Carolina First for Domestic Violence

SC Ranks Number One in Nation for Rates of Domestic Violence, Again, According to Study A report released the week of September 25th by the Violence Policy Center showed that South Carolina once again ranks number one in the nation for domestic violence and rates of men killing women. The rankings were based on crime data from 2011, in which 61 women were reportedly killed at the hands of men. That put the domestic violence/homicide rate at 2.54 per 100,000 people. Last year, South Carolina made second in the report, but now the state is … [Read more...]

911 Dispatcher Arrested on Criminal Charges for Failing to Respond

Charleston County 911 Dispatcher Reportedly Did Not Dispatch Help, Arrested on Serious Criminal Charges On Tuesday, September 17th, deputies arrested a 911 dispatcher who worked at the Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch Center on criminal charges for botching 45 emergency calls over the last few months. Derezea Shelton, a 27-year-old woman from Hanahan, was charged with serious criminal charges including obstruction of justice and misconduct in office for failing to send EMS help to those who called into 911. At her bond hearing at 2 … [Read more...]

Child Porn Suspect Gets 27 Years in Prison

Man Who Fantasized Online About Abducting, Raping, Killing, and Eating Children Has Been Sentenced to 27 Years for Child Porn A Massachusetts man who fantasized online about the kidnapping, raping, and murdering children, as well as cannibalism, has been sentenced to 27 years in prison on child pornography and conspiracy charges. Geoffrey Portway, 40, from Worchester, Mass, is a UK citizen who will be deported back to England after he serves his time in jail. He was sentenced on child porn charges on Tuesday, September 17th. Authorities … [Read more...]