GUILTY SC - Brandon Vinson, 15, abducted & murdered, Red Bank, 10 June 1995

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  1. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    A man charged with a Lexington County murder 10 years ago has sat in jail ever since.

    Lawyers and legal experts can't recall another case in South Carolina and possibly the nation in which a murder defendant has remained behind bars that long without a trial.

    Calen John Radwill, 27, should stand trial in November, said Trey Gowdy, a Spartanburg County prosecutor assigned the case in February when the Lexington County prosecutor's office said it had a conflict of interest.

    Radwill was 17 in June 1995 when authorities say he kidnapped 15-year-old Brandon Vinson from a grocery store where Vinson worked and stabbed him about 70 times. Brandon's body was found several days later in an abandoned chicken coop near Gilbert.

    Radwill has been in jail ever since.

    ``My son for 10 years has maintained his innocence,''

    Joseph Savitz, the lead lawyer in the South Carolina Office of Appellate Defense said he has never heard of a case taking this long to go to trial with the defendant behind bars.

    The near decade-long delay in Radwill's case may also have set a national record, according to the National Center for State Courts in Virginia and the Pretrial Services Resource Center in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit information clearinghouse.

    http://www.wbt.com/news/detail_wbt.cfm?article_id=21519
     
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  3. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    Prosecutors are planning in November to try a man who has been waiting behind bars for nearly 10 years on charges he kidnapped and murdered a Lexington County teenager.

    No specific trial date for Calen Radwill has been set, which suits Donna Ebert, the mother of 15-year-old victim, Brandon Vinson.

    “I had to wait 10 years; I’ll wait another 10 years,” Ebert said last week. “You only get one shot at this, and you don’t want to blow it.”

    Ebert said she is concerned that Spartanburg County Solicitor Trey Gowdy— the special prosecutor assigned to the case — hasn’t had enough time to prepare for trial.

    http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/12045200.htm
     
  4. Goody

    Goody New Member

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    Well, how much you want to bet that this guy gets out on appeal after he is convicted? If he doesn't, legislature should be looking at why and how anyone could be sitting in limbo this long.
     
  5. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    This is what struck me as so weird. Even if found guilty, he has already served the minimum.
    I believe it was N.C. who had the guy who sat in jail for 10 yrs, but he was in there for stealing a TV. It took them 10 yrs or so to take him to trial. As soon as they found him guilty, he was released from jail.
     
  6. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    From October 2014:

    http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article13893161.html

     

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