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Attempted Murder

Jul 3, 2023

6 dead, 1 hurt after S. Carolina house fire, authorities charge man with attempted murder

GREEN POND, S.C. (AP) — Six people were found dead after a South Carolina house fire and authorities said they charged a man with the attempted murder of the lone survivor of the Sunday morning blaze. Authorities found the deceased victims and one person in critical condition at a home in Green Pond around 11 […]

Sep 2, 2021

Intent to kill could be inferred from mother’s conduct 

  A jury appropriately inferred malice and found specific intent to kill where a Horry County woman wrapped her newborn in a trash bag and threw her in a dumpster, the South Carolina Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled.  The question before the court was whether a jury’s ability to deduce malice from a defendant’s conduct is […]

Jul 27, 2021

Specific intent required for attempted murder 

  Prosecutors can’t rely on the doctrine of transferred intent to prove attempted murder if a defendant lacks the specific intent to commit murder, a divided South Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled.  In a July 14 opinion, the appeals court reversed the conviction of a man who’d been acquitted of the attempted murder of the individual he was accused of shooting at […]

Aug 21, 2018

Closing argument inappropriate, but cured

Despite inappropriate remarks by an assistant solicitor that “pushed the boundaries” of respect for the court, the state Court of Appeals has affirmed the attempted murder conviction of a man whose stray bullet struck and paralyzed a college student in 2013. The defendant, Michael Smith, contended that the state’s closing argument—which the appeals court found […]

Mar 6, 2018

Court of Appeals applies transferred intent to attempted murder

South Carolina courts typically have applied the doctrine of transferred intent to murder cases in which a bystander, rather than the intended victim, was killed. Under the doctrine, the intent to murder travels with the bullet and transfers to whomever it strikes. But what happens when the bullet doesn’t hit anyone? The state Court of […]

Mar 5, 2018

Criminal Practice – Attempted Murder – Transferred Intent – Single Intended Victim – Three Victims

Holding: Even though defendant intended to shoot at only one victim in a mobile home, there were actually three people near the door of the mobile home when defendant fired shots at the door. The trial court properly instructed the jury on the doctrine of transferred intent. We affirm defendant’s convictions for attempted murder. Lesser […]

Jan 20, 2017

Criminal Practice – Venue – Attempted Murder – Outside Courthouse – No Inherent Prejudice

State v. Gorny (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-010-17, 3 pp.) (Per Curiam) Appealed from Chesterfield County Circuit Court (Donald Hocker, J.) S.C. App. Unpub. Holding: Where the shootings in question occurred outside on the street and no part of the crime occurred inside the courthouse, the circumstances of defendant’s trial were not inherently prejudicial. Therefore, defendant […]

Jul 7, 2015

New charges in Charleston church shooting: Attempted murder

COLUMBIA (AP) — The man accused of killing nine people attending Bible study at a historic black church in Charleston has been indicted on three new charges of attempted murder, prosecutors said Tuesday. Dylann Storm Roof, 21, already had been charged with nine counts of murder, one for each person killed in the June 17 […]

May 6, 2015

Appeals court rules specific intent to kill necessary for attempted murder rap

In overturning a North Charleston man’s conviction for attempted murder, the South Carolina Court of Appeals held April 22 that the relatively new South Carolina crime of attempted murder requires the specific intent to kill. According to the court’s opinion, Rakeem King was convicted of attempted murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during […]

Apr 24, 2015

Criminal Practice – Attempted Murder – Specific Intent – Evidence – Hearsay

State v. King (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-040-15, 14 pp.) (John Few, C.J.) (H. Bruce Williams, J., concurring in the result only without separate opinion) Appealed from Charleston County Circuit Court (J.C. Nicholson Jr., J.) S.C. App. Holding: In light of our appellate courts’ prior rulings that specific intent is required for attempt crimes, we hold […]

Oct 7, 2014

Only in SC: Man attacks wife with motor home

Deputies say they charged an Anderson County man with attempted murder after he tried to kill his wife after a fight by ramming her car with a borrowed motor home.

Jul 23, 2014

Former law firm employee charged with attempted murder of infant

A former Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough employee has been arrested and charged with the attempted murder of his six-month-old son in an apparent domestic incident. On June 17 Richland County deputies responded to the Chapin home of 36-year-old Rishi Dutt after reports of a man yelling in the streets, acting irrationally, and assaulting his […]

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