While all the news out of Myrtle Beach was keeping us busy there was another murder that has been overlooked in Lincolnville. We are talking about the as yet unsolved murder of Ricardo Delopez Smith who was shot and killed in his home on Big Oak Lane on May 24th.
Let’s see if we can find anything that might have contributed to Smith’s death.
1995 Charges (Charleston County):
Distribution of Crack Cocaine - reduced to Possession of Crack by the 9th Circuit Solicitor. Sentenced by Judge R. Markley Dennis to 2 years, suspended in favor of 18 months probation.
Distribution of Crack Near a School - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
Distribution of Crack Cocaine - Dismissed at preliminary hearing for unknown reasons.
1999 Charges (Dorchester County):
Distribution of Cocaine - reduced to Possession of Cocaine by the 1st Circuit Solicitor. Sentenced by Judge Luke Brown to 15 years, suspended to 3 years and 5 years probation.
Distribution of Crack Cocaine - pled guilty. Same sentence as above, concurrent.
2008 Charges (Charleston County):
Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle - Dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor who couldn’t prove whether or not Smith actually possessed the stolen vehicle. Sure.
2010 Charges (Charleston County):
Failure to Stop for Blue Light - Pled guilty. Sentenced by Judge Roger Young to 1 year, suspended in favor of 1 year of probation.
2013 Charges (Charleston County) - Pending at the time of his death.
1st Degree Burglary - was free on a $10,000 bond.
Assault & Battery 3rd Degree - was free on a $2,130 bond.
Smith got out on bond and was arrested again.
Possession of Crack - was free on a $5,000 bond
Possession of Cocaine - was free on a $10,000 bond
2013 Charges (Dorchester County):
Use of a Vehicle Without Permission - pled guilty. Sentenced to time served by Judge Perry Buckner.
Assuming Smith wasn’t killed in a drug deal gone bad or a drunken dispute between acquaintances, we can look to the pending charges from Charleston County for a possible clue. When someone is charged with 1st Degree Burglary and Assault & Battery it usually turns out to be a case of the defendant storming into someone’s home and kicking their ass. Revenge is always a possibility.