Crime & Justice in the 8th Circuit

Solicitor's Office releases 2015 review
It’s been a pleasure to have such a great relationship with Solicitor Stumbo and his staff. He and his staff take a hands-on approach to working with law enforcement to make sure cases are properly prosecuted. His team has done a phenomenal job reducing the backlog of cases since he took office in 2013.” – Ricky Chastain, Laurens County Sheriff

The Eighth Circuit Solicitor's Office, based in Greenwood, today released its 2015 review of cases and programs. Directed by Solicitor David Stumbo, of Laurens County, the prosecutors, investigators and staff of the Solicitor's Office have as their Mission, "to seek justice, fight for victims, and keep our families safe in the courtrooms of the four counties of the 8th Judicial Circuit."

The counties are Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens and Newberry.

The report says in the 3 years prior to Stumbo taking office, the conviction rate was 44%. Since then, the conviction rate is 81%. Stumbo created a circuit task force and joined Attorney General Alan Wilson in a statewide effort to fight criminal domestic violence. South Carolina is the #2 highest state in the nation in the rate of men killing women.

The report says there are more than 8,000 criminal cases pending in the 8th Circuit (4,757 in Laurens County, most of the 4 counties). In 2015, the Solicitor's Office reduced the backlog by 800 cases. Tempering justice with mercy, the 2015 report says the Solicitor's Office has created or manages:

--Pre-Trial Invention,

--Juvenile Arbitration,

--Solicitor's drug court program,

--Worthless check unit,

--Solicitor's veterans court program (est. Nov. 11, 2015).

Most of the 45 report's pages are news releases of major cases/trials/sentences from 2015. On Jan. 30, the Eighth Circuit Solicitor's Office announced the conviction for murder and life sentence of Michael Beaty Jr., of Clinton, for the 2013 strangulation death of Emily-Anna Asbill (the case is under appeal). Other Laurens County significant convictions were murder in Enoree, domestic assault in Laurens, murder in Waterloo, drug trafficking in Laurens, sexual assault of a teen in Laurens, and murder in Gray Court.

The complete report is attached.


The 8,000-case backlog in the courts of the 8th Judicial Circuit was reduced by 800 cases in 2015.

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