February 13, 2013


Anderson, SC. Today the South Carolina State Supreme Court reversed Raymondeze Rivera’s murder conviction and death sentence and remanded the case for a new trial.  The Court ruled that the trial Judge erred by refusing to allow the Defendant to exercise his constitutional right to testify at the trial of the case.  Rivera was convicted and sentenced to death in connection with the murder of Kwana Burns, who was found in her home in December 2006.


“My heart goes out to the victim’s families,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “The facts surrounding this case are horrific and cry out for the death penalty. It is tragic that the families must be victimized all over again by having to undergo the rigors of another trial.  The Supreme Court’s decision today does not change the facts or evidence surrounding the case and I am confident that upon retrial, we will once again secure a conviction.”  


 February 5, 2013

 ANDERSON, SC. After jury selection and pretrial motions were heard, Walter Chase Alley plead guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Murder. After consideration of the State’s evidence and after hearing testimony from the defense, the Judge made a finding that the defendant was guilty but mentally ill.  The Honorable J.C. Nicholson sentenced Alley to 37 years in prison. Mr. Alley will be sent to the State Department of Mental Health prior to being sent to the SC Department of Corrections to serve his entire sentence.

On July 18, 2011, 86 year old Glenn Craft was shot to death in his home near Belton during a burglary. Alley turned himself in the following day and admitted to shooting Mr. Craft. Three others were also implicated in the murder and subsequently charged.








February 5, 2013

 Anderson, SC. Tommy McClain plead guilty today to his involvement in a theft ring that had been operating in Anderson County for months during 2011.  The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced McClain to 5 years for Burglary 3rd degree, 10 years for 1 count of Grand Larceny, 5 years each for 3 counts of Grand Larceny, 10 years for 1 count Receiving Stolen Goods, 5 years on each of 4 counts of Receiving Stolen Goods, and 5 years for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. The defendant is currently serving a 6 year sentence on a probation revocation for similar charges.  Although the State requested that the 10 year sentence imposed for these charges run consecutively with the probation revocation, the Judge ordered that all sentences run concurrently. 

Following an investigation lasting several months, McClain was picked up as part of an extensive theft ring. The thefts took place in various locations in Anderson County and involved mostly vehicles and heavy equipment. Many of the stolen items were recovered.





January 16, 2013

 ANDERSON,SC. Keith Rucker pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Voluntary Manslaughter and Death of a Child in Utero. The Honorable Cordell Maddox sentenced Rucker to 30 years on the Manslaughter and 17 years on the Death of a Child in Utero. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

On January 18, 2011, when Kacey Roberson failed to pick up her two children from daycare, the school contacted her stepfather to have him do a well-being check. Upon arrival at the victim’s apartment, the stepfather found Ms. Roberson lying in the floor with her head covered in blood. She was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS. Ms. Roberson was 16 weeks pregnant at the time of her death. 


The victim’s car was found abandoned in Lavonia, Georgia. Rucker turned himself in to the Lavonia Police Department and was returned to Anderson. The defendant gave two statements regarding the details surrounding Kacey’s death and that of their unborn child.


“Today’s sentence will send Mr. Rucker to prison for the next forty-seven years while saving the victim’s family the stress and hardship of a trial,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “I hope each day he is behind bars will serve as a continual reminder to him of his actions and of the two innocent lives that he took.”