South Carolina

Man charged after shooting his estranged wife’s boyfriend

Posted on May 12, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, South Carolina |

Myrtle Beach, SC – A 24-year-old Conway man was charged with shooting his estranged wife’s boyfriend to death in front of her two children at her townhouse in the Forestbrook area.

Jeffrey Todd Horan forced his way into the unit, walked to a back room and shot Hubert James Aland, according to a police report. Aland, 30, was shot multiple times and died in the 8:40 a.m. incident at Bahama Bay Villas on 950 Forestbrook Road, said Sgt. Robert Kegler of the Horry County Police Department.

The shooting was the latest in a string of incidents involving Horan and his estranged wife, according to police and court records.

Three weeks earlier, Horan was arrested for breaking into the home of Tashana Cameron, his estranged wife, confronting her about her “new boyfriend” and assaulting her, according to a police report. More on

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Murder now the charge in Sumter baby’s death

Posted on May 8, 2009. Filed under: murder, South Carolina |

Sumter, SC – In the wake of a 1-year-old’s death from gunshot wounds Monday, Sumter police said Tuesday the suspect they are looking for will be charged with murder.

The father, Cabrall Archie Sr., 26, who was holding the youngster, had multiple chest wounds and remains hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

The incident happened shortly before midnight Friday. Police said Archie Sr. was talking with an unknown person when shots were fired. The other person fled.

The incident is the second time a child has been killed by a gun in Sumter in the last six months.

Last Halloween, a Sumter man was charged with fatally shooting a 12-year-old trick-or-treater with an AK-47 assault rifle.

Quentin L. Patrick, 22, has been indicted but not yet tried on federal gun charges, court documents show.

Federal prosecutors are alleging that Patrick, who is a convicted felon, had the assault rifle, a 9 millimeter handgun and ammunition for both at his home. More on

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boy, 12, kills his 11-year-old nephew

Posted on April 12, 2009. Filed under: dispute - domestic, South Carolina |

ST. MATTHEWS, S.C.  – Authorities say a 12-year-old South Carolina boy killed his 11-year-old nephew by shooting him in the head during an argument in their rural home.

Calhoun County Coroner Donnie Porth says Langley Rudisell IV was pronounced dead at a Columbia hospital about 10:15 p.m. Sunday, more than an hour after his 12-year-old uncle pointed a shot gun at him and fired a single bullet.

An autopsy Monday determined Rudisell died from the gunshot wound to his brain.

Sheriff Thomas Summers said he expects to decide Tuesday whether to file any charges. He said he does not foresee any charges against the victims’ grandparents, who had custody of Rudisell and were home at the time.

Summers said the two were being raised together.

St. Matthews is about 35 miles south of Columbia. More on

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1 killed, 3 wounded in Spartanburg shooting

Posted on March 20, 2009. Filed under: mass murder, South Carolina |

Spartanburg, South Carolina – Police are still looking for suspects in a shooting that killed a teen-ager and wounded three women late Friday night in Spartanburg’s Collins Parks Community, a police spokesman said.

Malcolm R. Crawford, 17, of 290 Westover Drive, was pronounced dead at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, according to Randy Bogan of the Spartanburg Coroner’s Office.

The three women were identified as Cassandra Fowler, 19, of 1000 Lucerne Drive; Shantericka Bennett, 19, of 235 Fox Hall Road, and Latrice Wilburn, 22, of 443-B Drive OC Kirkland Terrance, according to police Capt. Steve Lamb, a spokesman for the city of Spartanburg. They were in “fair” condition, said hospital spokesman Chad Lawson.

The gunman was still at large late Saturday, Lamb said.

When officers arrived at OC Kirkland Terrance at 11 p.m., they found the women, he said. By then, Crawford was en route to the hospital, where he died, Lamb said.

Officers responding to the shootings tried to stop a Chevrolet Suburban on North Church Street, he said. The Suburban slowed and several people got out and ran away, according to Lamb. More on Greenville Online

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Man killed elderly wife, overwhelmed by caretaking

Posted on November 19, 2008. Filed under: murder-suicide, South Carolina |

On Nov. 19, 2008, Hartner held a .25-caliber pistol behind 90-year-old Mildred Hartner’s head and shot her while she slept.

He then turned around and tried to shoot their 10-year-old dog, but the gun jammed. He went and grabbed a .9-millimeter pistol and killed the dog, but admitted he was too much of a coward to shoot himself. Instead, he downed 80 prescription pain pills and passed out.

The couple’s friend and hairdresser, Debra Sanders, found both of them hours later and called 911. Gus Hartner went into cardiac arrest, but he later recovered and has been in jail charged with murder. Close friends and defense attorney Harry Dest said Hartner did everything for his ailing wife. He bathed her, dressed her, bought all the food and cooked all the meals. When he brought her to the hair salon every week, he made sure her makeup and nails were done.

“The day before this incident, he told (the Department of Social Services) he could no longer take care of his wife,” Dest said.

In fact, Hartner had put his wife in nursing homes and then taken her home at least half a dozen times in 2008. He said he wanted to be with her, and didn’t think the nursing home staff treated her with dignity. Dest said Hartner realized once he got her home that he couldn’t care for her, but the cycle kept going. “This is a mercy killing,” Dest told the judge.  More on

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