Any South Carolina resident likely understands the seriousness of being charged with attempted murder. In many cases, when an individual has been charged with a crime such as attempted murder, the consequences are similar to that of a murder allegation. While every circumstance is different, it is still critical that anyone that has been charged with murder or attempted murder work diligently to both protect their substantial legal rights and contest the charges leveled against them.
A man in Anderson has recently been charged with three separate counts of attempted murder after he allegedly shot into a van that a woman was driving on March 23. The claimed shooting took place in Williamston on East Carolina Street. The arrest and charges come two months after the alleged shooting.
The 22-year-old man was reportedly pulled over for a traffic stop in Anderson during the week of May 21. During that stop, police apparently discovered that the man was wanted in Williamston. Supposedly, he had been involved in a domestic dispute prior to the March shooting with a woman who was inside her van with two friends when the 22-year-old man allegedly opened fire and shattered the back window.
When one has been charged with attempted murder in South Carolina, the potentially serious consequences for conviction mandate that careful attention be paid to the details of the allegations. In order to avoid a conviction after being charged with a crime, one must have all the facts and claimed evidence surrounding the particular crime. The prosecution must have evidence that proves one's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order for a conviction to be achieved, which is something that can't always be accomplished. And that may well be for good reason, as the actual facts which emerge in a courtroom do not always match the allegations made by the authorities in the first place.
Source: Anderson Independent Mail, "Anderson man charged in Williamston shooting," Nikie Mayo, May 24, 2012