Bond denied for Carter, restraining order halts video release

  • Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2012 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, February 16, 2012 8:04 a.m.

Bond was denied this morning for accused cop killer Stephon Carter, and a temporary restraining order has been issued to block the release of police dash cam video of the incident.Judge Doyet "Jack" Early denied bond at the Aiken County Courthouse during a 10 a.m. hearing. Carter waived his right to appear and was not at the hearing.Carter is accused of the December murder of Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson, who was gunned down during a traffic stop. Fellow officer Travis Griffin was shot in the chest, but survived. Carter was shot in the buttocks during the incident.Video of the night was requested by several media outlets under the Freedom of Information Act. Carter's attorney, Carl Grant asked for a restraining order to prevent the solicitor's office from releasing the tapes. Solicitor Strom Thurmond Jr. asked that the order be extended to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, who is conducting the criminal investigation, and any others in possession of the video. The restraining order was temporarily granted, and there will be a hearing on Feb. 27 regarding the possible release of the video.Stay with www.aikenstandard.com for more on this developing story.

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