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Prosecution and protection relaxation in trial of alleged lethal bingo corridor shooter

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CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — On the third day of the trial of the alleged Waccamaw Bingo corridor shooter Thursday, each the prosecution and the protection rested their instances.

Derrick Rivera faces two homicide fees and one cost of armed theft stemming from a 2019 capturing within the Forestbrook space that killed a father and son.

Bingo corridor house owners Steve and “Sparky” Johnson have been shot and killed by a would-be robber July 26, 2019. The prosecution, led by fifteenth Circuit Chief Deputy Solicitor Scott Hixson, stated Rivera was the shooter whereas his confederate, Bradford Britton, drove the getaway automobile.

William McGuire, lawyer for Rivera, stated the case in opposition to the alleged shooter is predicated on circumstantial proof.

Each side centered on Rivera’s bodily cellphone and name information.

The state identified the Verizon account below which Rivera had a pay as you go cellphone modified cellphone numbers 5 instances within the span of 10 days earlier than the capturing. The protection countered that it was not modified after the capturing.

With Horry County Police Division detective Sean Wydra on the stand, Hixson confirmed jurors name information the state stated reveal cellphone calls and texts from Rivera’s cellphone to Britton’s earlier than and after the capturing and earlier than Rivera allegedly destroyed his cellphone.

Hixson: {holding elements of a cellphone} In your expertise is that in step with an effort to ensure nobody can see what’s in that?

Wydra: Yessir.

Hixson: Did a reasonably good job, huh?

Wydra: Yessir. 

The protection stated investigators couldn’t show it was Rivera in touch with Britton and stated police ought to have gone additional to slim down potential suspects by analyzing all cellphone calls comprised of cell towers in Surfside Seaside and Myrtle Seaside in addition to utilizing Google account data.

“In case you did Geofence the placement in Surfside and you probably did it in Myrtle Seaside you’d say ‘Hey, there’s an account right here that’s texting a cellphone and the identical account right here texting a cellphone,’” McGuire stated. “You would’ve performed that, and it might’ve gone to some unidentified individual.”

The gun used within the capturing was by no means recovered. The 2 weapons utilized by Steve and “Sparky” Johnson to defend themselves have been submitted into proof, and Jana Weaver, a firearm forensic examiner with the South Carolina Regulation Enforcement Division, concluded from two bullets discovered on the scene that these two weapons couldn’t have fired the pictures that killed the 2 males.

“We have now a database we will enter these numbers into, and it’ll generate a doable checklist of makes and producers that would’ve probably fired these bullets,” Weaver stated.

Weaver stated the bullets discovered on the scene have been in step with both a .38 Particular or a .357 Magnum.

Rivera was discovered by Colleton County sheriff’s deputies in a trailer days after the capturing, and Lt. David Lengthy testified to discovering bullets within the trailer the place Rivera was discovered.

Hixson: Did you discover anything that you simply documented?

Lengthy: 11 .357 Magnum rounds, free, mendacity on the ground. 

Rivera’s protection questioned the connection between the bullets discovered within the trailer and people discovered on the scene.

McGuire: You don’t know if these bullets are related to this Myrtle Seaside theft or not, do you?

Lengthy: No, sir. I don’t. 

McGuire: No concept?

Lengthy: No, sir. We collected all ammunition we might discover in the home. That was the one ammunition contained in the dwelling.

McGuire: Positive. Who owns the trailer?

Lengthy: I don’t know.

Each side will current closing arguments Friday morning earlier than the case is turned over to the 15 jurors.

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