JANIE SMITH TO BE CHARGED WITH DUI 1ST

April 14, 2011
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(Anderson, SC). At approximately 3:00AM, Sunday morning, January 23, 2011, 23 year-old Janie Smith was driving a Toyota SUV on Salem Church Road when she struck two teenage girls. The 16 year-old victim died instantly at the scene and the 17 year-old victim suffered a broken arm. Based on the accident reconstruction of the SCHP Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT), the victims, who were wearing dark clothing, were walking in the middle of the northeast bound lane when they were struck. While there is evidence that Janie Smith was drinking at the time of the collision, the law mandates that an additional violation or neglect of an additional duty, such as the duty to exercise due care, occur, in order to prosecute Smith for Felony DUI. As a result of MAIT’s investigation, the State cannot prove such violation or neglect of duty occurred. As a result of MAIT’s investigation, the collision cannot legally be attributed to Smith’s alcohol consumption. In other words, this collision would have most likely occurred even if the driver had been sober. Therefore, as a result of MAIT’s investigation, the charge against Janie Smith is being reduced to DUI 1st. 

Both underage victims were drinking at the time that they were struck. “This Office will not tolerate those who knowingly give alcohol to minors in violation of the law. I have requested SLED investigate the source of the alcohol. This terrible tragedy could have been avoided. I hope this senseless loss of life serves as a reminder of the horrific consequences of drinking at any age, whether behind the wheel of a car or walking in the middle of the road. My heart goes out to the victims and their families,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. 

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HINTON FOUND GUILTY IN DEATH OF 5-MONTH OLD BABY

(Walhalla, SC). An Oconee County jury found 24 year-old Matthew Hinton guilty today of Homicide by Child Abuse. The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced him to 41 years in prison. 
On August 16, 2009, Seneca police officers were called to Oconee Medical Center in response to suspected child abuse. EMS had transported 5 month old Brianna Bright to the hospital after reportedly being found unresponsive by her father, the defendant. She died 2 days later at Greenville Memorial Hospital as a result of severe head trauma. According to medical testimony, the injuries occurred during the time period when the defendant was the caregiver for the child while the mother was at work. 
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Brianna’s family,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “This innocent child relied on the defendant as her protector and care giver. Instead, his reprehensible actions resulted in her violent death. Our community has no place for people like Mr. Hinton and I am pleased that today’s guilty verdict will lead to a lengthy prison sentence for his crime. We would like to thank the jury for their service on this difficult case and Judge Macaulay for the decision to send Matthew Hinton to prison for the next 41 years.” 

SOLICITOR CHRISSY ADAMS ANNOUNCES SENTENCE IN STATE V. MACKEY

MACKEY SENTENCED TO 45 YEARS
FOR MURDER

February 8, 2011
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(Anderson, SC). Johnny Lee Mackey pled guilty today to Murder in Anderson General Sessions Court. The Honorable Cordell Maddox sentenced him to 45 years in prison.

On 5/16/09, Waliyyudden Dawson went to the defendant’s home on River Oaks Drive in Anderson. Two of Dawson’s children, ages 12 and 9, were in the vehicle with him. When they pulled into the driveway, Mackey came out of the house with a gun. The victim told Mackey that his kids were with him. Mackey said, "I don't care, I don't care,” and began firing. Waliyyudden Dawson was shot in the thigh, back, and head. He died at the scene.