A childhood friend of the defendant testified in court Wednesday about the night his younger brother was killed in a robbery.
Patrick Neely took the stand on the second day of testimony in the trial for Rashawan Carter, 27, of Aiken. Carter has pleaded not guilty to being a part of a May 2015 home invasion at a Brown Lane residence in Hahn Village that ended with the death of one of Carter’s friends, 21-year-old Darius Scruggs.
Solicitors say Carter and Scruggs helped plan the robbery, along with Richard Jackson, 26, of Augusta, and Rodriquez Kintrell Jackson, 26, of Aiken.
Scruggs died after he was shot in the head during the incident, and solicitors said one of the other three men was a lookout.
Neely, Scrugg’s older brother, was called to testify Wednesday by State Solicitor Beth Ann Young.
Neely said he grew up with Carter and had known him for most of his life.
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Federal officials searching for a Travis County murder defendant say he has vanished with no trace of cell phone or credit card use as they work to get him on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list.
Kevin Waguespack is accused of murder in his girlfriend’s 2015 death, but fled after a judge allowed him to remove an ankle monitor he had been assigned when he posted bail.
Waguespack may have been planning to leave the area for a significant period, allowing him to stash money and other means for survival, said Hector Gomez, a supervisory deputy for the U.S. Marshals Service. He could also be receiving help, he said.
“If there were others involved, or if he had a plan to intentionally not appear before the court, then that certainly puts us days, if not weeks, at a disadvantage in now trying to find him,” Gomez said Tuesday. “In our estimation right
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