The trial for Randall “Randy” Simpson was set to begin today, but instead, the defendant pled guilty in Anderson General Sessions Court to charges of Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter, Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime, and Attempted Armed Robbery.  The Honorable R. Scott Sprouse sentenced Simpson to a total of 50 years active jail time.  Simpson received 30 years for Murder, and 20 years for Voluntary Manslaughter, which are to be served concurrently, and 15 years for Attempted Armed Robbery and 5 years for Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime, which will be served consecutively.  Special Prosecutor Lucas Marchant, with the Tenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office represented the State.

 

On January 9, 2016, around 12:30 AM at Pierce Road and Amy Road in Iva, Justin Ray Williams was the victim of an Attempted Robbery perpetrated by Casey Waddell, Tabitha Roberts, Brandon Davis, Wesley Malmister and Randy Simpson.  Roberts, Waddell, Simpson and Malmister had discussed robbing Mr. Williams of drugs they believed were in his possession.  Waddell directed Roberts to call the victim and set up a purchase of methamphetamine at the victim’s residence where they then proceeded, all armed with various firearms.  Along the way, they picked up Brandon Davis.  Davis also armed himself with a firearm.  When they reached Williams’ residence, Roberts got out of the vehicle and went inside the trailer to ensure that he was alone. Waddell, Malmister, Davis and Simpson all exited the vehicle and proceeded to the victim’s home.  While armed with an assault rifle, Waddell jerked the door open, moved past Roberts and demanded that Williams “give it up”.  Williams was armed with a handgun and fired one shot striking Waddell in the head resulting in his death.  Randall Simpson then approached and entered the residence and shot Williams 5 times, with some of the shots penetrating his heart and lungs. He died as a result of those injuries. Roberts, Malmister and Simpson all fled the scene.  Davis ran into the woods and was picked up at a later time.  Following the investigation of this incident by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Roberts, Davis and Malmister gave full confessions to the investigating officer and the Solicitor’s Office. 

 

Roberts, Davis and Malmister all entered guilty pleas on April 25, 2017, to two counts of voluntary manslaughter and one count of Attempted Armed Robbery, and will be sentenced at a later date.   

 

Following the plea, Solicitor David Wagner said, “Two lives were senselessly lost because of drug addiction and greed. This sentence sends the right message to would-be violent criminals in Anderson County: You will be found, aggressively prosecuted and may spend the rest of your life in prison.”

 

Anderson, SC - Sergio Montez Martin and Shirlandria Shaqua Dixon and Martevious Shamon Craig pled guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court before the Honorable Donald Hocker. Martin pled guilty to Failure to Stop for a Blue Light and Possession of a Weapon by Certain Persons Unlawful and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Dixon pled guilty to Filing a False Police Report and was sentenced to five years suspended on the service of five years probation.  Craig pled guilty to three counts of Accessory after the Fact and his sentence was deferred.  Charges are still pending in the case against David Fitzgerald Morris, Jr.  His case is expected to go to trial on May 22, 2017.

 

Anderson, SC -  Tabitha Roberts, Brandon Davis, and Wesley Malmister each pled guilty on April 25, 2017 to two counts of Voluntary Manslaughter and one count of Attempted Armed Robbery for an incident that took place in January of 2016. Justin Ray Williams, the intended victim of the armed robbery, and Casey Waddell, one of the participants in the crime, were both killed during the robbery attempt. Judge Donald Hocker accepted the guilty pleas and deferred sentencing on all charges against these defendants. Charges are still pending against Randy Simpson. The State was represented by special prosecutor Lucas Marchant.

 

 

(Walhalla, SC) On April 17, 2017,  Joshua Charles Campbell pled guilty before the Honorable J. Cordell Maddox to nine counts of Attempted Murder and one count of Arson Third Degree.  Campbell was sentenced to 12 years (no parole) on all counts, to be served concurrently.  

 

On January 16, 2016, Campbell set fire to a vehicle in the carport of a home located at 5019 Forest Drive in Seneca, South Carolina. The fire spread from the vehicle to the home, causing extensive damage.  At the time of the fire, the home was occupied by 9 adults and children, two of which being Mr. Campbell’s child and the child’s mother.  When interviewed by law enforcement, Campbell denied involvement with the fire but provided details that had not been publicly released.  SLED testing confirmed the fire did originate with the vehicle parked in the carport and gasoline was used as an accelerant.  This case was investigated by the Oconee County Sheriff’s office and SLED.    

 

"Joshua Campbell’s reckless and criminal behavior endangered the lives of many people on January 16, 2016.  I am grateful that the occupants of the home were able to escape without injury and no firefighters were harmed extinguishing the fire.   Today’s plea ensures that our community and the victims in this case can live without fear of Joshua Campbell for over the next decade." Solicitor David Wagner.