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South Carolina man faces murder-for-hire accusations

Criminal allegations can cause a South Carolina resident's life to go into a downward spiral. A person's reputation and all they worked for can be significantly damaged because of mere allegations of criminal conduct. A person facing such a predicament should immediately explore their options to counteract the negative effects of the criminal accusations.

A 62-year-old man from Folly Beach may need to take such immediate action. The man was arrested by federal agents for allegedly hiring a person to commit murder. His home was also searched for possible evidence. Based on the request of the state's attorney, the affidavit of the case remains sealed and little is known about the case, including who was targeted in the supposed murder plot. Details of the case will be made public during a scheduled preliminary hearing.

What is known, however, is that the suspect has no previous criminal record in South Carolina. Court records indicate that the man owned several properties in Charleston and several other states before filing for bankruptcy seven years ago.

After his arrest, the man was detained in the Cannon Detention Center. He was dressed in a prison jumpsuit and was shackled as he stood in court and a judge read the charges for his supposed federal crimes. This is the third murder-for-hire case in Charleston County for the year. The first case led to a conviction; the other is still pending.

When facing a criminal charge, a Columbia resident can request a plea negotiation, where penalties and the severity of charges can be reduced significantly. A suspect can also choose to fight the charges in pursuit of a dismissal of the case.

Source: The Post and Courier, "FBI agents arrest 62-year-old man charged with murder for hire," Christina Elmore, April 10, 2014

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