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When you are charged with a crime or are involved in an accident, it can seem like the world is crashing down around you. Between the threat of incarceration and the chance of financial loss, these foreboding situations often feel overwhelming. Friends and family cut ties, your employer threatens termination, and life seems hopeless. It is imperative to have a fighter on your side during these trying times: one that will stick with you through thick and thin, without any judgments.

Welcome to the Law Office of Richard Waring: where defending your rights and freedoms is paramount in securing your future.

Richard implements a powerfully simple yet effective model for all his clients' cases:

  • The Relentless Pursuit of a Positive Outcome
  • The Use of Creative Problem-Solving Tactics
  • Excellent Communication

When you are ready to fight back against the allegations against you, it is time to call the Law Office of Richard Waring - a criminal defense attorney on Ladson, SC, with the knowledge, experience, and drive to defend you during your most difficult time.

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From Prosecution to Protecting Your Rights in Ladson

Richard Waring began his commitment to community service years ago. As a young man, he would spend his summers volunteering his time to help needy communities.

As an adult, his desire to help others manifested itself while I served as a prosecutor for "close to 10 years."?. During this time, he would take part in some of the most difficult trials in the Lowcountry's history. He prosecuted thousands of individuals for crimes such as assault and battery, armed robbery, drug crimes, DUI, financial crimes, and even murder.
His time as a prosecutor was priceless, giving him valuable insight and knowledge into the inner workings of Ladson's legal system. Today, Richard uses that experience to vigorously defend good, hardworking men and women whose freedoms are only one judgment away from disappearing.
Whether you made a mistake and need a second chance or have been wrongfully accused of a crime, you need a professional who has put in time on both sides. At the Law Office of Richard Waring, you can rest easy knowing this former prosecutor will fight tooth and nail for your freedom.

Criminal Defense

When you are charged with a crime, it can become a horrible experience. The range of emotions one goes through can be taxing: embarrassment, humiliation, regret, sadness, despair. The domino effect that often happens when charged with a crime can be awful, as well: loss of job, abandonment by your family or significant other, dirty looks from those in your community.

Fortunately, a criminal defense attorney in Ladson, SC, can help restore your reputation and repair your life. In times of legal crises, your friends and family may cut ties, but Richard Waring will be on your side from the time you call his office to the time your case is resolved.

Having prosecuted thousands of cases in South Carolina, Richard has a set of skills and experiences; assets that have guided him to win criminal cases against the government. Richard truly knows the criminal justice system's ins and outs and is dedicated to fighting for his clients to achieve the best possible outcome on their criminal cases.

While some cases result in a positive outcome quickly, others must go to trial. Much like a combat athlete trains for months, hones his or her skills, and goes to war with an opponent, Richard Waring has prepared for and battled it out in many high-profile trials.

When you trust the Law Office of Richard Waring, you can rest assured that you are in capable hands. Each of our criminal defense clients receives the following when entrusting Richard Waring as their criminal defense lawyer in Ladson:

  • Vigorous representation
  • Quick response to emails and phone calls
  • Compassionate, understanding treatment
  • You will never be treated as unimportant or second-rate
  • Thorough investigation for your case
  • All of your constitutional rights, including the right to a fair trial, upheld
  • Notifications of important updates

The following are common cases that Richard Waring can handle for you:

  • Misdemeanor DUI/DWI
  • Felony DUI/DWI
  • Violent Crimes including: Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature, Assault and Battery, Attempted Murder, and Murder
  • Strong Armed Robbery
  • Armed Robbery
  • Drug Crimes
  • Manufacturing of Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Crack, or Cocaine
  • Distribution of Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Crack, or Cocaine
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Crack, or Cocaine
  • Gun crimes including: pointing or present a firearm, possession of a pistol with obliterated serial numbers, possession of a stolen pistol
  • Restoration of Your Gun Rights
  • Trespassing
  • Larceny and Burglary
  • Property Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Shoplifting
  • Financial Crimes including: Forgery, financial transaction card theft, fake IDs, breach of trust, obtaining goods by false pretenses
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  • Traffic Crimes including: driving without a license, speeding, reckless or careless driving
Criminal Defense Attorney Ladson, SC
Criminal Defense Attorney Ladson, SC

Importance Of Your Criminal Defense Attorney In Ladson, SC

There are several key players in the criminal justice system, each with its own roles. The prosecutor is tasked with enforcing laws and convicting offenders. The judge serves as an unbiased decision-maker. The criminal defense attorney's role is to protect the rights of the individual who is charged with a crime - a vitally important role in the criminal justice world.

Having a proactive, experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side almost always improves your chance of a positive outcome. While their primary role is to defend your rights and protect you from excessive sentences, they have many other duties.

When you entrust Richard Waring as your defense advocate, he will fight to protect your rights throughout the case by:

  • Arguing in court to reduce how much you must pay to post bail
  • Being present during police interrogations and interviews
  • Discovering and applying potent legal defenses
  • Advising you on your decision to plead guilty, not guilty, or to go to trial (if applicable)
  • Explaining the implications of pleading guilty
  • Gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses relating to the allegations against you
  • Meticulously examining the circumstance surrounding your search and arrest (if applicable) to uncover Fourth Amendment violations
  • Meticulously examining any drug or DUI-related chemical tests to ensure accuracy and uncover errors
  • Representing you during scheduled hearings
  • Representing you during a jury trial
  • Working with the prosecutor to discuss plea deals or the possibility of a reduced sentence
  • If convicted, representing you during the sentencing phase and arguing on your behalf for a fair sentence

Knowing Your Rights

As a defendant, you have important rights. Some of the rights that Richard Waring will fight to protect on your behalf are:

  • The right to a speedy trial
  • The right to remain silent
  • The right against unreasonable seizures and searches
  • The right against unreasonable searches and seizures
  • The right against cruel and unusual punishment
  • In most cases, the right to a jury trial
  • The right of innocence until proven guilty
  • The right to legal representation

While United States law does not mandate that a defense attorney be assigned to a defendant, the prosecutor must uphold your right to legal representation. If you cannot afford an attorney in Ladson, the government must supply you with a public defender.

While United States law does not mandate that a defense attorney be assigned to a defendant, the prosecutor must uphold your right to legal representation. If you cannot afford an attorney in Ladson, the government must supply you with a public defender.

Criminal Defense Attorney Ladson, SC
Criminal Defense Attorney Ladson, SC

Criminal Case Timeline In Ladson, SC

If you or a member of your family is facing criminal charges in Ladson, there is no doubt that you are anxious about the road ahead. You are not alone - most of our criminal defense clients worry about the uncertainties surrounding the legal process and what is next in their case.

At the Law Office of Richard Waring, we empathize with this stress, and as such, make every effort to address anxiety-inducing questions like:

  • How long will it take for my case to be resolved?
  • What type of sentence is common for the crime in which I am being accused?
  • Will the prosecutor offer me a favorable plea deal?

We cannot answer these questions in detail until we have time to review your case and speak with you one-on-one. Until that time, this high-level view of Ladson's criminal case timeline can offer some insight into what lies ahead.

Criminal Defense Attorney Ladson, SC

Arrest and Investigation

This is the first step in the criminal case timeline. During this time, police officer(s) will investigate the potential crime at hand and arrest whomever the officer(s) believes to be responsible. At this point, the person in question is considered a Defendant.

Criminal Defense Attorney Ladson, SC

Initial Bond Setting

Shortly after the arrest (typically within the same day), defendants are granted an initial bond hearing. This short proceeding determines whether a defendant will be released from jail while charges are pending. It is wise to hire a criminal defense lawyer in Ladson, SC, before this hearing so that they may argue on your behalf.

Criminal Defense Attorney Ladson, SC

Preliminary Hearing

The purpose of the preliminary hearing is to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence (or probable cause) for the case to carry on. Defendants must request this hearing within 20 days of their initial bond setting. Hearings typically commence within three to six weeks. It is especially important that defendants retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney at this stage.

Criminal Defense Attorney Ladson, SC

Initial Appearance

The main purpose of this court date is to determine if the defendant has hired an attorney or will need a public defender appointed to them. If you have an attorney before this hearing, defendants are not required to be present. The initial appearance typically happens 45 days after the arrest.

Criminal Defense Attorney Ladson, SC

Plea Offers

n some cases, the State may offer a plea offer to the defendant. If the defendant accepts this deal, a hearing will be scheduled to finalize the defendant's acceptance. If the defendant pleads guilty, they are typically sentenced on the spot. If the defendant rejects the plea, he or she may have to go before the judge to ensure they understand the consequences of rejecting a plea offer.

Criminal Defense Attorney Ladson, SC

Discovery

Under Rule 5 of the South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure, the defendant will receive all evidence that will be used against them. As your criminal defense attorneys in Ladson, we will submit a written request to the court to obtain this information. It may take the State weeks or months to turn over their evidence, especially if that evidence is new.

Criminal Defense Attorney Ladson, SC

Indictment

The first barrier for the State to prosecute takes place during the preliminary hearing. The second occurs during the indictment phase. In general terms, an indictment is a document that details the criminal charges which the defendant must face. Each crime listed on the indictment is called a "count." During this phase, the State will gather a "grand jury" comprised of public citizens. This jury is presented with evidence to help them approve or disapprove of the charges contained in the indictment. If the indictment is approved, the defendant's case will proceed to trial. If it is rejected, charges are usually dropped.

Trial

During the trial, both the defense and prosecution will present evidence to a jury, who will hand down a final verdict. The prosecutor's job during the trial is to convince the jury, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the defendant is guilty. The defendant is under no obligation to prove anything. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor, Richard Waring will work hard to convince the jury of his client's innocence while pointing out holes in the prosecution's case.

Typically, a trial in Ladson includes the following phases:

  • Jury Selection
  • Pre-Trial Motions
  • Opening Statements
  • The State's Case
  • Directed Verdict
  • The Defense's Case
  • The State's Rebuttal
  • Closing Arguments
  • Jury Instructions and Deliberation
  • Verdict and Sentencing

Latest News in Ladson, SC

Identification project aims to locate more stolen trailers

Lowcountry law enforcement agencies are working to help people who own trailers protect their property from thieves.LADSON, S.C. (WCSC) - Lowcountry law enforcement agencies are working to help people who own trailers protect their property from thieves.Several agencies hosted the Trailer Identification Project Saturday at the Exchange Park in Ladson.At the event, residents could get a free number stamped onto their trailers.By having the identification number on trailers entered into a system, if stolen, authorit...

Lowcountry law enforcement agencies are working to help people who own trailers protect their property from thieves.

LADSON, S.C. (WCSC) - Lowcountry law enforcement agencies are working to help people who own trailers protect their property from thieves.

Several agencies hosted the Trailer Identification Project Saturday at the Exchange Park in Ladson.

At the event, residents could get a free number stamped onto their trailers.

By having the identification number on trailers entered into a system, if stolen, authorities would be able to find and recover the trailer faster. Law enforcement agencies also put an additional number on a secret spot on the trailer, so possible suspects will not see the identification.

Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Detective Mike Thompson said that the free event was the first since 2018 and brought in over 40 trailers.

“If the bad guy believes ‘if I take it far away, they won’t identify it, or they won’t get it back, and I won’t get caught,’” Thompson said. “So, it’s important to put these numbers on these trailers to enhance their recovery.”

Last year, Charleston County deputies took 71 reports of stolen trailers and recovered 14 in all.

“They are stolen a lot throughout the whole state, not just in this area because they are not required to put license plates on them,” Thompson said. “So the bad guys prey on that because they can take it, put some fresh paint on it, and sell it to somebody.”

A small business owner, Gino Puma, said he also knows several neighbors and other business owners whose trailers were stolen.

“There’s a lot of money in these trailers,” Puma said. “There’s a lot of equipment in the trailers. A lot of us are just small business guys, you steal my trailer, I’m out of business for six months. I don’t have thousands of dollars waiting around to replace the trailer and the tools inside of it.”

Most individuals who came to the event rely on their trailers for work. Jay Wallace, a West Ashley resident, brought his trailer to be identified after it was stolen.

“We’ve had a couple of trailers stolen over the years,” Wallace said. “I’ve worked with an awful lot of nonprofits and the Citadel club; we had our trailer stolen which was several thousands of dollars, and we didn’t have a spare. It was a big problem.”

Thompson shared that law enforcement agencies hope to host another event in a few months to identify even more trailers.

Saturday’s event was hosted by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office.

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It’s Homecoming for 3 Miami Hurricanes

CLEMSON, S.C. — If one plays, coaches or is around athletics long enough, they will experience many reunions in their careers.Such is the case for three Miami Hurricanes when they visit No. 9 Clemson Saturday at Memorial Stadium.Athletic director Dan Radakovich, defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and wide receiver Frank Ladson are all returning to Death Valley for their 3:30 p.m. kickoff with the Tigers. Radakovich and Ladson are mak...

CLEMSON, S.C. — If one plays, coaches or is around athletics long enough, they will experience many reunions in their careers.

Such is the case for three Miami Hurricanes when they visit No. 9 Clemson Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Athletic director Dan Radakovich, defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and wide receiver Frank Ladson are all returning to Death Valley for their 3:30 p.m. kickoff with the Tigers. Radakovich and Ladson are making their first trip back to Clemson since leaving last December, while Steele is making his second since he and Clemson parted ways following the 2011 season.

Steele returned to Death Valley back in 2017, when he was the defensive coordinator at Auburn.

“He is a great coach,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. “He has always been a great coach.”

Since leaving Clemson after the Tigers won the 2011 ACC Championship, Steele worked on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama and has been the defensive coordinator at LSU and Auburn. The Dillon, South Carolina native also served as the interim head coach for a short time at Auburn and Tennessee.

Steele spent three seasons at Clemson from 2009-’11.

This is Steele’s first year at Miami. The Hurricanes currently rank seventh in the ACC in total defense, while ranking second in tackles for loss and third in sacks. Also, their 12 interceptions rank third in the conference.

“Usually, four-down (lineman), that is typically how he has played,” Swinney said. “A lot of man coverage and is multiple with his coverages. Aggressive, an attack-type of defense, that is kind of how he has always done it.”

Radakovich left Clemson last December to take over as Miami’s new athletic director. He spent nine years (2012-’21) at Clemson. His vision for Clemson played a big role in the building of the Allen Reeves Football Complex, the new additions to Memorial Stadium, as well as state of the art renovations to Littlejohn Coliseum and the players’ facility at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

He also played a huge part in starting the softball program at Clemson, which has gone to the NCAA Tournament and played in a Super Regional in two of its first three seasons. The only reason the program did not go all three years was due to the global pandemic in 2020.

Swinney said earlier this week he knew Radakovich was thinking about taking the job at Miami, and even came over to his house to talk about it and to let him know what was going on.

“We talked through it and kind of talked about the opportunity and why and all of that. It was just a great opportunity for him,” Swinney said. “He went to grad school there and it is just kind of the next chapter for him and something he wanted to go do.”

Ladson also left Clemson last December and transferred to Miami following an injury riddled career at Clemson. He comes into Saturday’s game tied for third on the team with 27 catches for 298 yards and one touchdown.

The 6-foot-3 wide receiver has played in all 10 games thus for the Hurricanes. His best season at Clemson came in 2020, when he played in seven games and had 18 catches for 281 yards and three touchdowns. He played in just four games in 2021 due to a groin injury, while he played in eight games as a true freshman in 2019.

During his three seasons at Clemson, Ladson played in 19 games, caught 31 passes, had 440 yards, and scored nine touchdowns.

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Deputies: No arrest made so far in Ladson DMV shooting

LADSON, S.C. (WCSC) - Berkeley County deputies say no arrest has been made so far in a double shooting at a Ladson office of the Department of Motor Vehicles, despite a photo of an apparent arrest being shared online.“I am aware there is a photo circulating on social media about an arrest made in WindGate this evening,” Cpl. Carli Drayton said late Tuesday night. “As of this time, we have not arrested the shooting suspect from the DMV.”Deputies say they have been working to identify the shooter who opene...

LADSON, S.C. (WCSC) - Berkeley County deputies say no arrest has been made so far in a double shooting at a Ladson office of the Department of Motor Vehicles, despite a photo of an apparent arrest being shared online.

“I am aware there is a photo circulating on social media about an arrest made in WindGate this evening,” Cpl. Carli Drayton said late Tuesday night. “As of this time, we have not arrested the shooting suspect from the DMV.”

Deputies say they have been working to identify the shooter who opened fire, wounding two people Tuesday afternoon. Earlier in the evening, Drayton said a vehicle shown in a photo deputies released had been located and its owner had been identified. But at that point, there was no word on whether they still believed the vehicle was connected with the shooting.

“The vehicle was involved in the shooting,” Drayton said in a statement at 11 p.m. Tuesday, but did not provide further details about the vehicle. “The man in the photo is believed to be our shooting suspect as has not been arrested.”

Sheriff Duane Lewis spoke with reporters shortly after 3 p.m. and described the person they are searching for as a man, about 6 feet tall with a slim build, about 18 to 25 years old who was wearing skinny jeans, a gray sweatshirt and Crocs.

Chief Deputy Jeremy Baker released a photo just before 3:30 p.m. of a man they call the suspect in the shooting. They also released a photo of a vehicle, a maroon Nissan Armada, in the DMV parking lot. The photo of the suspect showed him walking alongside that vehicle.

“It was a pretty chaotic scene. As you can tell, DMV is a busy place. It was full of people. So we have multiple people to interview and try to get the information from them,” Lewis told reporters at a news conference at the scene.

Of the two victims, Lewis said it appeared that the first victim was the intended target and the second may have been an innocent bystander.

Baker confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that both of the shooting victims were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Lewis estimated there were 40 law enforcement officers in the area searching for the shooter. Several K-9 officers are also on the scene and Lewis said one of the dogs picked up a track that officers were following. The North Charleston Police Department and Charleston County Sheriff’s Office were also on the scene with their K-9 units. Troopers from the South Carolina Highway Patrol also responded and a law enforcement helicopter also joined in the search.

Berkeley County dispatchers received a call reporting a shooting at the DMV, located on Wimberly Drive, just after 1:30 p.m. Lewis said no DMV employees were injured.

Lewis said the incident began as some sort of argument between people in the parking lot and that the incident was not related to the DMV. At some point, he said, that argument moved inside where Lewis said the suspect went after the victim and opened fire, also striking a second victim.

If you see the vehicle or recognize the person in the photo, call 911, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at 843-719-4505 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.

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Culver’s ButterBurger and HomeGoods ready to open in Ladson, North Charleston

A new frozen custard and burger restaurant soon will welcome customers in Ladson, and a home decor store is opening in a new shopping center in North Charleston.Culver’s plans to open at 10 a.m. Aug. 29 at 3848 Ladson Road next to Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant, according to Marilyn Knox, the franchise owner who opened the first Charleston-area Culver’s in 2019 on U.S. Highway 17A in Berkeley County.The location also includes a drive-thru and patio, where live ...

A new frozen custard and burger restaurant soon will welcome customers in Ladson, and a home decor store is opening in a new shopping center in North Charleston.

Culver’s plans to open at 10 a.m. Aug. 29 at 3848 Ladson Road next to Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant, according to Marilyn Knox, the franchise owner who opened the first Charleston-area Culver’s in 2019 on U.S. Highway 17A in Berkeley County.

The location also includes a drive-thru and patio, where live music will be available on opening evening and possibly once a week, Knox said. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 10 a.m. opening day.

Culver’s specializes in its signature ButterBurgers and frozen custard. It also offers other meat sandwiches along with sides and salads.

The planned Culver’s is a few miles north of competitor Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, which opened last fall at 4540 Ladson Road near Stars and Strikes bowling and arcade center on the edge of Summerville.

Come on in

Another new retailer is ready to open its doors in a North Charleston retail center.

HomeGoods plans to host a grand opening Aug. 18, starting at 8 a.m., in the new Cedar Grove Shopping Center at 8821 Dorchester Road.

The 22,000-square-foot home decor shop is the latest merchant to join the new retail center. Already open are Ross Dress for Less, discount shop Five Below and cosmetics purveyor Ulta.

A 16,000-square-foot PetSmart pet supply shop is expected to open in September, and other shops are on the way to a newly constructed outparcel building closer to Dorchester Road.

Shopping center plans call for three more retail structures on the south side where land is currently being cleared next to Riverbluff Parkway in front of Cedar Grove Apartments.

What’s cooking?

A new restaurant is ready to welcome customers at the site of a recently closed dining spot in Mount Pleasant.

Pasture & Grain will officially open at 11 a.m. Aug. 19 at 1701 Shoremeade Road in Indigo Square Shopping Center on U.S. Highway 17.

It’s in the same retail center where national sporting goods retailer REI is upfitting the former Publix GreenWise Market grocery store space for an opening in the fall.

The restaurant is taking over the space vacated in May by Blaze Pizza, which closed after three years.

Pasture & Grain owner and operator Ira Hill said the 2,800-square-foot venue will serve American fare priced from $8 to $18.

Meats, vegetables, grains, hot and cold sandwiches, salads and toast with spreads are on the menu. Sous chef is Brandon Brown. The new restaurant will be open until 9 p.m. daily.

On the way

A Florida-based grocery chain with several stores in the Charleston area has rolled out curbside prescription pickup in four states. Publix Pharmacy started offering the service Aug. 10 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Virginia. South Carolina and North Carolina locations will be added in the future as the company expands the program throughout its entire operations in the Southeast.

Tan lines

A new tanning salon has opened in Mount Pleasant.

City Tan can be found at 1167 Basketweave Drive in the Cirque Salon Studios off U.S. Highway 17 near Six Mile Road. The owner is Liz Bailey, who also owns Bikini Bronze Charleston at 10 Exchange St. on the peninsula.

Ready to Rumble

A group boxing workout studio plans to make its South Carolina debut with three new sites.

Rumble Boxing plans to open in Charleston and Hilton Head Island. Locations have not been announced.

Rumble President Shaun Grove said boxing workouts are geared to all fitness levels and abilities and the company plans to continue its expansion across the nation.

The boxing-inspired studio delivers 45-minute, 10-round strength and conditioning group workouts crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength-training circuits. Rumble is designed to build strength and relieve stress.

The New York City-based company has 25 franchise locations open across the U.S. Others are in development.

Woman confesses after body of homeless man found buried in Ladson

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The woman responsible for killing a man and burying his body in Ladson has confessed to committing the crime, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff Duane Lewis walked News 2’s Raymond Owens through what has happened since the ...

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The woman responsible for killing a man and burying his body in Ladson has confessed to committing the crime, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Duane Lewis walked News 2’s Raymond Owens through what has happened since the body of Jonathan Michael Jones was first discovered by Berkeley County deputies behind a location of Highway 78 last Friday evening.

“A passerby stopped the deputy who was doing a traffic stop and said “hey, I know where a body’s at…,” he said.

Sheriff Lewis said Shannon Bonilla was at a home where she rented a room when authorities arrived. But she left before a body was discovered buried in the backyard.

“Crime scene technicians and detectives were able to uncover the body of Jonathan Michael Jones, a white male, 35 years old. He was from Walterboro but he had been homeless for some time.”

Detectives determined Jones was murdered.

The Berkeley County Coroner’s Office shared new information about his death following an autopsy that said the cause of death was blunt and sharp trauma to the head, neck, and back.

Sheriff Lewis said they learned that Bonilla, “was responsible for the murder and had told several people that she murdered him.”

He went on to say, “Based on physical evidence we found at the scene, I think some of your reporting indicated some of what transpired there.”

Sheriff Lewis was referring to what sources told News 2 this week, that apparently Banilla cut a hole on the floor of the room that she murdered Jones in and then took his body out of the home through that hole.

Sheriff Lewis says that did happen.

He said Banilla was located and arrested in a hotel in Summerville Monday night after she had cut and died her hair, in an attempt to disguise herself before she was planning to flee on a greyhound bus.

“She has confessed to the detective about what transpired, and she was responsible for that murder,” he said.

Banilla’s bond was denied.

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