A South Carolina man will spend the rest of his life behind the bar after being convicted. Execution-style murder in Lexington County, The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said.
In addition to two murder charges, 28-year-old Damien Lavar Ritter of Estill was convicted of attempted murder, kidnapping, and armed robbery. a lawer office Said in a news release.
The jury, according to the release, deliberated for about 45 minutes on Monday before returning to conviction.
Judge Frank R. Adi Jr. has sentenced Ritter to life imprisonment twice for the murders of Samir Atkins, 26, and Elsie Mack, 41, the law firm said.
“Both of these men were executed with a single gunshot wound on the back of their head,” lawyer Rick Hubbard said in a release.
Ritter was also sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempted murder and kidnapping and 10 years in prison for armed robbery. According to his release, he is not eligible for parole.
The conviction arose from a violent incident that occurred three years ago.
July 5, 2018, liter Glen Street Apartment According to the release, his cousin in West Columbia, Atkins.
The man who survived the shooting during the case provided eyewitness testimony during the trial, the law firm said.
Ritter and Atkins entered the kitchen and witnesses testified that he had heard a single shot. He was then commanded to the kitchen with a gun and laid face down on the ground next to Atkins’ body, according to Release.
Atkins’ friend Mack appeared in the apartment when Ritter and an unknown accomplice struck his home, the law firm said.
Witnesses said they had heard that Mack was also ordered to the kitchen ground near Atkins’ body and said, “I’m down, I’m down” before the second bullet was fired.
At this point, witnesses testified that Ritter had a gun in his hand and pointed his weapon in his direction. Witnesses said the release said the liter triggered and the gun clicked but did not fire.
Witnesses took advantage of the opportunity to grab a liter and they were shot hard, but he was able to escape from the apartment, the law firm said.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Janice Ross testified that Atkins died from a single gunshot wound on the back of his head, according to the release. Atkins died on the sceneAccording to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher.
When the first responder arrived at the scene, Mack was still breathing, but a resident of Gaston was declared brain dead the next day and eventually died of a gunshot wound behind his head, law firm said. Tokoro said.
This was “one of the most horrific crime scenes of recent years,” said Solicitor Stania Fuller, an assistant attorney who was indicted with Deputy Solicitor Sean Graham. “This ruling cannot regain Samir and Elsie, but we are grateful that the family now has the closure and justice they deserve.”
According to lawyers, Mack survived with his wife and son, and Atkins left his daughter.
According to the release, Ritter was wanted for about a week before leaving for law enforcement on July 13, 2018. He was represented by lawyers James Arthur Brown Jr. and Dane Phillips. Lexington County Court Records Performance.
No other arrests have been made in this case and no motive for shooting has been provided.
In addition to West Columbia police, the case was also investigated by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Department, the FBI’s Cell Analysis Research Team, the US Secret Service, and the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office.
“This incident was a very fierce battle and required a lot of teamwork,” Hubbard said. “I am grateful for the efforts of the prosecution team and law enforcement agencies to bring closure and justice to the victims’ families.”