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We need to spend some time updating updates. We will begin with the big local news.
Below you will find the video of drunken Sheriff DeWitt’s phone call to a female who was not his wife after his arrest on charges of DUI and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. We were initially told the female was his secretary. We are now told she is actually an employee of Berkeley Electric Co-op who definitely does not have a husband named “Bennie” because she is, in fact, not married. Anyone else get the impression DeWitt is producing his own soap opera out there in Berkeley County?
One reader brought an interesting point to our attention. The duty to render aid required by the law and by moral folks everywhere. The drunken Sheriff shirked that duty. He hit a citizen, and not knowing whether that citizen was injured or dead, he fled the scene in an effort to save his own skin. Great example. Of course, evidence shows there isn’t much that is moral about this guy.
One other thing you folks might be interested in regarding BCSO. We have learned that the jail expert brought in to correct issues at Hill-Finklea finally gave up and fled BCSO. He was in the process of leaving prior to the election, but unpacked his office after DeWitt gave him a significant raise in pay. After the election, that expert moved to a civilian position as jail director. We don’t name him because he actually knows what the heck he is doing when it comes to running a detention center and we don’t want his experience with Berkeley County having an adverse effect on him, even though he was upset with us for exposing the problems there. Part of the problem he encountered was that money allocated to fixing issues at Hill-Finklea was constantly being diverted to other uses by the Sheriff. Apparently the drunken Sheriff has no problem with staffing the jail with only four detention officers at a time.
We are hearing rumors that some defense attorneys who have clients with pending charges of Failure to Stop for Blue Lights have put Scarlett Wilson on notice they expect those charges to be dismissed (which they usually are anyway) due to the fact that the Berkeley County Sheriff has not been charged with that offense after his drunken attempt to flee Hanahan police. Didn’t we tell you that was coming?
Our next update takes us to Spokane, Washington. Long time readers will remember our post on the August 2013 murder of 88 year old WW II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Benton. Two thugs beat Benton to death after robbing him while he waited for a friend outside of the Eagles Lodge. The two sixteen year old thugs, Kenan Adams-Kinard and Demetrius Glenn, each had a history of violence. Liberal Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub blamed the death of Delbert Benton on the fact that he tried to fight back and defend himself.
“Our information is that the individual (Belton) fought back and that may have made this, you know, a worse situation. I’m not being critical of Mr. Belton. I would encourage individuals to fight back, and he should have, but it shouldn’t have happened to begin with, right? But I think a robbery just got worse.”
Straub’s statement generated a huge outcry and he later tried to backpedal. No one bought it.
With the trial scheduled to begin next week, Kenan Adams-Kinard decided to accept a plea deal. He pled guilty to 1st Degree Murder and the prosecutor dismissed two other charges. After Adams-Kinard pled guilty the prosecutor then went to bat for him. Really? Yep. Adams-Kinard was sentenced to 20 years in prison before being paroled and would have to serve 3 years probation afterwards. Prosecutors indicated the family of Delbert Belton approved the plea deal.
Defendant Demetrius Glenn has a hearing scheduled for today. With his trial scheduled to start next Monday we can only assume he will also be accepting that same plea deal and will plead guilty.
Getting back to local news, Tyrone William Robinson III was jailed yet again. This time, U.S. Marshalls and CCSO rounded him up. We wrote about Robinson on December 23rd. He had been busted after a Charleston County deputy observed him beating a woman at the Econo-Lodge on Savannah Highway.
In spite of his extensive violent criminal history, Judge Linda Lombard released Robinson the same day was arrested. She gave him three $100,000 personal recognizance bond on charges of Kidnapping, Assault & Battery of a High & Aggravated Nature and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime.
On New Years Day, Robinson broke into a Hanahan home where his previous female victim was. Robinson was armed with a knife and a gun. He then beat his victim unconscious and robbed both women who were in the home.
Robinson’s latest charges are 1st Degree Burglary, 1st Degree Assault & Battery, Kidnapping, and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime.
We can’t help but wonder why there is not a second kidnapping charge and an armed robbery charge.
We covered Robinson’s rap sheet on 23 December, 2014, but since he is back in the news in 2015 we get to include him in our gun charge survey. He has one prior gun charge which was dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor.
In the first week of 2015 the tally now stands at 5 gun charges - 4 dismissed - 1 pending.
Update: After posting we realized Robinson had also been charged in Charleston County with possession of a stolen pistol. He was given a $25,000 personal recognizance bond by Judge Bligen. Giving the judge the benefit of the doubt, we will assume that bond was set to allow for the immediate transfer of Robinson to Berkeley County.
The gun charge tally now stands at 6 gun charges, 4 dismissed, 2 pending.