Trial date set for man accused of killing Aiken Public Safety officer
AIKEN, SC - A trial date has been set for the man accused of murdering an Aiken Public Safety officer in December 2011.
The trial for 20-year-old Stephon Morrell Carter, of Aiken, is set to begin Nov. 3, 2014, according to a consent scheduling order signed in June by Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman. Carter is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson on Dec. 20, 2011.
He is also charged with the attempted murder of Public Safety Officer Travis Griffin.
The Second Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office has filed notice that it will seek the death penalty against Carter.
“The Court requested that the State and the defense consult on a proposed scheduling order setting target dates for answering discovery requests, filing known motions, holding hearings to dispose of motions, and the commencement of trial,” the document stated.
Pending motions in the case were scheduled to be heard on July 8 at the Richland County Courthouse. The order goes on to lay out deadlines for the state and the defense for filing motions and providing evidence.
By July 7, 2014, the defense is ordered to file “all motions relating to or challenging the imposition of the Death Penalty, a challenge to the jury array, and/or any motions regarding the evidence in aggravation,” according to the order.
Hearings on motions will be held through July and August of 2014 as needed, and by Sept. 8, 2014, the defense and state are ordered to file proposed jury instructions, jury questionnaires and any motions dealing with jury selection.
The trial is expected to last between three and four weeks, with jury selection beginning on Nov. 3, 2014, according to the document.
Carter is accused of shooting Richardson and Griffin following a traffic stop on Brandt Court in Aiken on Dec. 20, 2011.
Griffin was treated and released from the hospital, but Richardson died early in the morning of Dec. 21 from his injuries.
Carter was also shot during the incident and was released from the hospital several days later. Columbia attorney Casey Secor signed the order as Carter’s attorney.
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