April 3, 2012

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(Anderson, SC)  Andy Steve Roach pled guilty Monday in Anderson General Sessions Court to Murder in relation to the death of Steven Ross Hughes in July of 2010. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced Roach to 20 years in prison.


On July 2, 2010 Anderson Police Department officers responded to an abandoned building at 203 W. Earle Street as a result of a 911 call placed by Andy Roach. When they arrived, they found the victim, Steven Ross Hughes, lying on his side profusely bleeding from his head area. Hughes stopped breathing while EMS was en route. A beer bottle and baseball bat, both covered with blood, were located near his body. 


Roach gave a statement admitting to beating the victim with the baseball bat stating that he feared for his life as the victim had been threatening to kill him all day. The two met each other at the library and had been living in the abandoned building on W. Earle Street.  


An autopsy showed that the victim died as a result of multiple blunt force trauma injuries with resulting cerebral injuries.  Acute ethanolism was also noted. 


“While Mr. Roach was cooperative with authorities throughout this investigation, even calling 911 himself and admitting to police that he beat the victim, the fact remains that in July of 2010 he killed Steven Ross Hughes,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “Today’s sentence will ensure he spends the next two decades in prison for this violent and brutal crime.”


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March 16, 2012
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(Anderson, SC). An Anderson County jury has found William Laureano guilty today of Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature. The Honorable Lawton Macintosh sentenced the defendant to 8 years suspended to 4 years and 5 years probation. Laureano also received a 90 day sentence for contempt charges which is to be served consecutively to the 4 years. 

While arguing with his wife at their home in Anderson County on February 2, 2010, William Laureano pointed a loaded .357 pistol at his wife and threatened to kill her, their daughter, and any law enforcement that came to the home. The victim was able to flee the home with her daughter and grandchildren. The SWAT team was later called to negotiate with the defendant to surrender. Laureano was taken into custody without injury to himself or law enforcement.

Earlier this week, Henry Junior Galloway was found guilty of Burglary 2nd Degree and Safecracking and sentenced to 15 years. Galloway and a co-defendant broke into Moon’s Tile, Marble, and Stone on Whitehall Road in Anderson on September 24, 2010. Two employees were inside the business at the time of the break-in and were able to apprehend the defendants until law enforcement arrived. The entire incident was recorded on surveillance video. 


January 27, 2012
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(Anderson, SC). After four days of testimony, an Anderson County jury has found Matthew Fullbright guilty of two counts of Murder and two counts of Armed Robbery. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced Fullbright to two consecutive life terms as well as two consecutive 30 year terms for the Armed Robbery charges.

On October 24, 2009, Homer and JoAnn Staton’s abandoned bloody car was found on Horton Road in Belton. Mr. Staton’s body was found the next day on Asaville School Road... Witness statements and cellphone records led Anderson County investigators to Matthew Fullbright. During Fullbright’s October 28, 2009 confession, Fullbright led investigators to Waterside Drive in Iva where he had dumped JoAnn Staton’s body.

The Staton’s bought and sold gold for a living and were known to carry a substantial amount of cash. Fullbright had lured the Staton’s to a secluded area in Iva, beat them to death with a hammer and then robbed them of their cash and jewelry. After disposing of the bodies, Fullbright drove the Staton’s bloody car to the intersection of 252 and 413 where he purchased drugs. He then abandoned the car on Horton Road. 

“The horrific and brutal crimes committed by Matthew Fullbright shows how dangerous drug addiction can be,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Fullbright’s need to steal and support his drug habit ultimately led to the death of two innocent people. It is my hope that today’s verdict and sentencing will allow the Staton family to have some closure knowing that Fullbright will remain in prison for the rest of his life.”