Saturday, June 16, 2012

Injustice in the 14th Circuit?

We received a number of e-mails with links to the story of the Walterboro gang members involved in the murders of three people in July 2010. Most of those e-mails consisted of the link and the comment "WTF!" We have to agree with those writers.

Shaquille Oneal Drayton and Deshaun Quatrell Holmes both pled guilty to one charge of voluntary manslaughter and were sentenced to five years each. This is a far cry from the three charges of murder they were facing.

Drayton, who was sixteen at the time of the offense, was initially charged with three counts of murder, four counts of assault and battery with intent to kill, 3rd degree arson, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and criminal conspiracy.

Readers might remember back in 2010 Walterboro's violence was a major and constant news story. SLED and the State Attorney General put together a task force to investigate and stop these crimes of violence. Their combined efforts led to the arrests of twenty maggots for a variety of offenses. After the arrests the cases were handed off to prosecutors from the attorney general's office.

Here is an article detailing some of the major players in the Walterboro crime wave.

We found this article from 27 March which may have been overlooked or forgotten by many readers.

In one of the above articles we see evidence of possible misconduct by the prosecutors. Waiting until a week before trial to turn over evidence never bodes well for the prosecution. The question we must ask is this. Who screwed the pooch on these cases? Law enforcement or the lawyers? Maybe some enterprising young reporter will dig a little deeper and let us know.

Let's look at Drayton's arrest record since he was initially charged in this incident.

2011 was a busy year for Drayton. Aside from a number of traffic charges he accumulated charges of Assault & Battery by Mob 3rd Degree on 12 April, 2011 and charges of Murder/Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime on 19 May and 23 May.

The murder and weapon charge must be from a different incident than the murders in 2010. Note the 2011 law enforcement case number and the 2011 indictment number.

The media failed to report that Drayton had also pled guilty to the assault by mob charge on 14 June, 2012. Judge Carmen Mullen took the plea and sentenced Drayton to one year in prison, to be served concurrent with the five year manslaughter sentence.

The other two charges had been dismissed by the 14th Circuit Solicitors Office in June of 2011.

Do we see a pattern of behavior here folks? We think so.

We will perform an arrest analysis on the players involved in this story as time allows.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Yet Another Tweaker

James Christopher Miles was arrested in May for starting a fire with his meth lab in an abandoned residence. He has no history in Berkeley or Charleston counties. The search sit in Dorchester County is down at the moment.

James Christopher Miles - Meth-head

Kenneth Allen Smalls

Kenneth Allen Smalls was arrested by CPD as the result of a traffic stop. The officers discovered 445 grams of marijuana and $1200 in his vehicle. For those who don't know, 28 grams equals an ounce. We will leave it you to do the rest of the match. This isn't Smalls' first arrest for possession of narcotics.

We were surprised to see a higher bond than usual this recent charge. We expected to see the standard $10,000 bond, but were treated instead to a $35,000 bond on a charge PWID Schedule I, II or III narcotics. In this case the substance was marijuana.

Smalls was charged with the same offense in 2004. He was allowed to plead it down to a magistrate level offense. Judge Gosnell sentenced Smalls to a $250.00 fine.

In 2006 Smalls was charged with Simple Assault. He was found guilty by Judge Coker and sentenced to pay a fine.

In 2009 Smalls was charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Ecstacy and two counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance Within 1/2 Mile of a School. He pled guilty to the two possession charges and was sentenced by Judge Young to six months, suspended on six months probation on each charge. The school charges were, of course, dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.

Shabazz Akeem Rainey

Shabazz Akeem Rainey was tracked to that wonderful flop-house known as The Master's Inn by a repossession agent. As the agent was hooking up Rainey's ride someone alerted Rainey who subsequently fired at least three shots in the direction of the agent. Maybe Rainey figured he was in Charleston County and any charges would probably be dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor, just as they had in the past.

On 21 February, 2006 Rainey was charged with 3rd Degree Burglary. He pled guilty to this charge on 9 February, 2007. Judge Hughston (you can see it coming, cant ya?) sentenced him to YOA sentence not to exceed one to five years, then Hughston suspended that sentence in favor of two years of probation. Hughston also gave Rainey credit for 93 days time served. Considering the fact that Rainey bonded out six days after he was arrested, we fail to see where these 93 days were served.

While out on bond for the above charge Rainey was charged on 21 April, 2006 with Failure to Stop for Blue Lights. The 9th Circuit Solicitor dismissed the charge on 9 February, 2007.

Rainey was charged on 20 August, 2006 with 1st Offense Possession of Marijuana and PWID Marijuana in Proximity of a School. He pled guilty on the same February 9 court date and was sentenced to 30 days time served. Once again, we fail to see where he served 30 days since he bonded out of jail on both charges just five days after being arrested. The PWID school charge was dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.

Someone's math abilities suck.

In July of 2007 Rainey was charged with Grand Larceny Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. The 9th Circuit Solicitor decided they couldn't prove the grand larceny charge so it was dismissed. Rainey was then charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle which the 9th Circuit Solicitor also dismissed.

Maliek Byers - Dead Right There

Maliek Byers was shot multiple times and found Dead Right There on Hanover Street by Charleston police officers. Byers was no stranger to guns.

Byers was charged on 1 February, 2006 with Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol and Unlawful Possession of a Pistol by a Person Under 21. He pled guilty to the unlawful carrying charge on 26 May, 2006. Judge Goode sentenced him to one year, suspended in favor of a period of shock incarceration. The other charge was dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.

One month later, while out on bond on the two charges above, Byers was arrested of Possession of  Cocaine Base (crack). He also pled guilty tot his charge on 26 May and was given the same sentence as above.

On 24 May, 2007 Byers was charged with another count of Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol and Unlawful Possession of a Pistol by a Person Under 21. He pled guilty to the carrying charge on September 24, 2008. Judge Hughston sentenced Byers to one year, suspended on service of six months and two years of probation. The second charge was dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.

We suppose Judge Hughston chose not to put much credence in the previous conviction for the same offense.

What is that old saying? "Live by the gun........die by the gun."

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

BOLO Horry County

Authorities in Horry County are looking for Shelton Lathal Butler, Jr. and Donavon Curtis Johnson for the Friday night murder of Jose Gutierez in Conway.

We didn't dig up a Facebook page on Johnson, but the images below were taken from Butler's Facebook page.

As usual, if you see this arthritic mope call the authorities and put his ass behind bars.

Keneton Tryone Powell

Keneton Tyrone Powell was arrested in California on 7 May, 2012. Powell's last known address was on Firestone Road in North Charleston, off of West Montague Avenue near the Coliseum. He was wanted on several bench warrants in Charleston County for failure to appear. Let's examine his criminal history.

Keneton Tyrone Powell

On 5 January, 2005 Powell was charged with 1st Degree Burglary, four counts of Kidnapping and four counts of Robbery With a Deadly Weapon. The Grand Jury indicted him on all charges. On 27 February, 2006 the 9th Circuit Solicitor dismissed ALL charges with the notation "Insufficient evidence". Interesting.

There was enough probable cause for arrest warrants and enough evidence for a Grand Jury indictment, but not enough to prosecute the case. Hmmm.

On 25 October, 2006 Powell was charged with 2nd Offense Possession of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of a Pistol and Possession of a Pistol by an Unauthorized Person. He pled guilty to one of the gun charges and was sentenced to nine months. The other two charges were dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.

In February of 2009 Powell was charged with Distribution of Cocaine. The charge was dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor in October of 2009.

On 11 April, 2009 Powell was charged with  PWID Cocaine. He pled guilty in October of 2009 and Judge Young sentenced him to five years, then suspended the sentence in favor of two years of probation.

While he was out on bond on the above charges Powell was arrested in May of 2009 for Possession of Marijuan. He was found guilty by Judge Baldwin who gave him a standard time payment of $570.

Two months after being sentenced to two years probation by Judge Young, Powell was charged with PWID Marijuana and PWID Marijuana in Proximity of a School. He was given on a $10,000 bond on each charge. He bonded out of jail on 29 December, 2009.

The charges are still pending.

While out on bond and awaiting trial Powell was arrested in June of 2010 and charged with PWID Cocaine Base (crack). This time his bond was set at $30,000 and he bonded out a day later. Now he is out on a total of fifty-thousand dollars bond for all the charges. There was no violation of probation filed for either arrest and no attempt to revoke his previous bonds.

These charges are still pending.

While out on bond and awaiting trial on the above charges Powell was arrested again on 6 April, 2011. He was charged with Possession of Schedule I, II or III Narcotics, 1st Offense Possession of Cocaine and PWID Cocaine Base (crack). Judge Linda "10K" Lombard chose to ignore the previously set $50,000 worth of bonds and Powell's willingness to keep committing crimes while out on bond. Lombard set his bonds at $5,000, $10,000 and $50,000 respectively. Powell bonded out the same day he was charged.

These charges are still pending.

While out on the above $115,000 worth of bonds Powell decided to flee and headed to California. In fairness to Powell the whole 'fugitive' thing might have been a simple misunderstanding. Seriously.

Look at how many times he was arrested for serious offenses, beginning in 2005. Look at how many of those charges were dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor. Look at all of those low bonds he was given, even while committing offenses while he was out on low bonds on other charges. Look at how the lack of probation violations filed whenever he was arrested while on probation. Look at the lack of any effort whatsoever to revoke or raise his previous bonds whenever he was arrested again.

Who could blame Powell for thinking the justice system in the 9th Judicial Circuit is a huge joke. Really. Maybe he just assumed these charges were going to be dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor as well, just as most of his charges had been.

We especially like the probation violation finally filed the day after he was arrested in California.
Note how Judge Bligen set his bond at a paltry $100,000 and enters an order for Powell to report to the probation office within 24 hours of his release on bond. Ha! The jokes just keep pouring out of the court system in Charleston County.

We aren't laughing.