Anderson, SC – Yesterday, the Honorable Letitia Verdin sentenced Dennis Dansby Mays to a 12 year active sentence on the charge of Trafficking Methamphetamine. 

 

On April 24, 2014 members of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Team served a search warrant at 2112 West Whitner Street, Mays' automotive shop, after several weeks of surveillance. While executing the warrant, officers found over a pound and a half of methamphetamine in Mays' desk drawer. 

 

“Meth continues to be a major problem in our community,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “Much of the crime we see in our office is related to the manufacture, distribution or use of methamphetamine and I’m thankful for the job the Sheriff’s Office did in this case to take another drug dealer off of our streets.” 

 

 

 

 

The juvenile suspect in the Townville Elementary and Osborne Road shootings is scheduled to appear for a detention hearing on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Anderson County Courthouse.  This is an initial detention hearing for the judge to determine probable cause for the pending petitions and the juvenile's detention status. Due to the case involving a juvenile suspect, all hearings are closed to the public.  While I realize there are many unanswered questions, the investigation into this tragedy is in a critical stage, and is ongoing.  Therefore, given the sensitive nature of the parties involved, and the gravity of the incidents that occurred, we ask for patience as law enforcement and my office continue the hard work of seeing that justice is done.  We will not be answering further questions at this time.  

 

Solicitor Chrissy Adams

 

 

Anderson, SC - Today, the Honorable J. Cordell Maddox sentenced 67 year old Charles Pickens to 25 years provided upon 15 years active service and 5 years of probation on charges of Felony DUI with Death and Leaving the Scene of an Accident resulting in Death.   

 

On February 15, 2015 Sandy Springs volunteer firefighter Kenneth Stanton was directing traffic at a collision on US 76 when Charles Pickens swerved from his lane of traffic, striking Stanton and killing him, before striking a fire truck and leaving the scene.  After he was located, Pickens refused a breath test, and a search warrant was obtained for a sample of his blood.  Eventual testing of that blood sample by SLED revealed Pickens had a Blood Alcohol Content that night of .254%, which is over three times South Carolina’s legal limit.   

 

Members of the Sandy Springs Fire Department, as well as friends and family of Kenneth Stanton were present at the plea.  Kenneth Stanton’s widow, Sheryl Stanton, spoke on behalf of the family and said Stanton “joined the Sandy Springs Fire Department and was so proud and happy to be able to help his community in any way that he could and took pride in it.”  She also said “he had the funeral of a hero which was fitting because he was my hero.”   

 

Solicitor Chrissy Adams commented following the sentence “Our community lost a great man when it lost Kenneth Stanton.  Today’s sentence is justice for his grieving family and for our community, but the absence of this hero will continue to be felt by all.”

 

Anderson, SC - For the first time in South Carolina history, a Facility Dog has been used to assist during live trial testimony in a courtroom.  Roma, the first courthouse Facility Dog in South Carolina, made her debut in the courtroom today when she accompanied a witness as she testified on the stand.  The Honorable J. Cordell Maddox ruled in favor of the State’s motion made by Assistant Solicitor Lauren Price to allow Roma to assist in the trial against Robert Joe Frost.  Frost is being tried on charges of murder, attempted murder, first degree burglary, armed robbery, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.   

 

“Roma is trained to bring calm and strength to victims and witnesses in what can be one of the most difficult times of their life,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “Her presence today gave a key witness the comfort and courage to get on the stand and face a violent murderer.  Cases like today are why we brought this program to Anderson and we look forward to utilizing Roma in the courtroom more in the future.” 

 

Roma joined the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in November of last year and since that time has been working in the Anderson office with her handler Assistant Solicitor Chelsey Moore.  In addition to being used during trial, Roma assists at the Child Advocacy Center in Anderson, has sat in countless witness and victim interviews, and has even assisted defendants during pleas as well.  While courtroom dogs are a growing practice across the country, Roma is currently the only courthouse Facility Dog in South Carolina.