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home : news : greenwood February 26, 2015

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1/16/2014 1:26:00 PM
Judge takes bond under advisement
Darius Andrews stands before Judge Frank Addy at a bond reduction hearing Thursday morning. Andrews is charged with two counts of felony DUI resulting in death in connection with the Sep. 2013 deaths of Alisha Boyter and her unborn child.
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Darius Andrews stands before Judge Frank Addy at a bond reduction hearing Thursday morning. Andrews is charged with two counts of felony DUI resulting in death in connection with the Sep. 2013 deaths of Alisha Boyter and her unborn child.

Brian King
Staff Writer

Circuit Court Judge Frank Addy on Thursday took the bond for 17-year-old Darius Andrews, the man accused of killing 21-year-old Alisha Boyter and her unborn child in a vehicle accident, under advisement.

Over 100 people gathered in the main courtroom at the Greenwood County Courthouse for the bond reduction hearing. Andrews’ attorney argued the bond set for his client by a Greenwood County magistrate judge was too high. Andrews’ attorney also noted that Andrews was being held essentially in solitary confinement at the Abbeville County Detention Center due to the fact that he is the only person 17 years old or younger at the facility and state law requires those 17 and under to be held separately. Andrews is being held in Abbeville County due to the fact that Boyter’s husband is a police officer with the Greenwood Police Department. Andrews’ attorney told the court his client was not a flight risk and asked the court to reduce the bond to $50,000. It is currently set at $150,000.

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo argued the bond was appropriate considering the seriousness of the charges. Andrews is charged with two counts of felony DUI resulting in death in connection with the Sep. 27 car accident that took Boyter’s life and that of her unborn child. Stumbo said his office would be presenting evidence to the grand jury to seek indictments on two charges of reckless homicide. Stumbo told the court that Andrews registered a 0.0 on an alcohol breath test following the accident. Stumbo also told the court Andrews admitted to smoking marijuana at some point during the day prior to the accident.

The S.C. Highway Patrol Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team investigated the accident. Stumbo told the court the report from that investigation revealed Andrews was travelling about 60 mph when his car struck the one in which Boyter was riding. The report, Stumbo said, indicated there were no signs Andrews applied the brakes prior to the accident. Numerous eye witnesses to the accident, including a Greenwood County deputy, told SCHP investigators Andrews ran a red light causing the accident.

Stumbo read into the record a letter from Boyter’s mother, Tammy Martin, addressing the devastating losses to her family. Martin recalled Boyter’s excitement over being pregnant with her first child and the excitement of the rest of the family. Martin said in the letter that she has lost 21 years of memories because she cannot erase the final memory of her daughter immediately after the collision. The only sounds which could be heard in the courtroom while Stumbo read the letter were the sniffles of the dozens of people there in support of the Boyter family.

Judge Addy said he had great difficulty dealing with cases similar to this one. On one hand, Addy said, the accused is a 17-year-old boy with no prior record while on the other hand the allegations against the teen are very serious. Judge Addy said he would take the bond reduction under advisement and would rule on the matter either next week or the week after.

Related Stories:
• Trial set for teen accused of killing woman, unborn child in crash
• Andrews indicted on additional charges

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Article comment by: S Williams

I understand the grief associated with losing a loved one even to a traffic accident I have been there myself a girl using a cell phone killed my cousin she never looked up to see his motorcycle. She was never prosecuted! He was charged with DUI and no alcohol was found in his system but they say he had smoked marijuana but marijuana can stay in the system for a long time. This boy was dazed from the crash as well he could have said yes to anything at that time. He is a good kid from a great family that is being judged too soon! Life is full of tragic situations and we have no idea how and when we are going to leave here. When tragedy strikes the first thing we want to do is strike out at someone we want to give this child life for a traffic accident that could have happened to anyone the truth is he will have to live with this for the rest of his life and that is sentence enough. Will giving him life breathe life back into the young woman and her unborn child or even the family for that matter the sad truth is she will still be gone and nothing will ever change that. This is simply a tragic accident that could have happened to anyone’s child. I pray for both families that the love of God will heal, comfort and strengthen you.

Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2014
Article comment by: Tiarra Andrews

Sad story n i feel for the family but i also feel for my cousin it was a tragic accident my cousin had no alcohol in his system n anybody driving n riding in a car can have a wreck and die but if they had killed him would all this b goin on NO ANOTHER DEAD BLACK MAN GWD WOULD REJOICE JUDGES POLICE OFFICERS N SOLICITORS IT WOULDNT EVEN MADE THE PAPER JUST LIKE THE FACT THAT THE VICTIM GOD BLESS HER SOUL N HER HUSBAND HAD A PARTY THAT NITE OH BUT THE BLACK MAN GET THE DUI N BLEW 0.0 CLEARLY WE WILL NEVER B EQUAL

Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2014
Article comment by: Amy Cocker

Ok yes this young man did a terrible thing but he doesn't deserve life no matter what people say or do its not going to bring the young lady and unborn baby back so instead of people bashing him just help him to become a better person and as for the victims family stop posting your number and causing yourself even more grief and just leave it in the lord hands and let him handle it god bless both families

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Article comment by: Tammy Martin

Shay Andrews, So you taught him everything he knows? Maybe you should be locked up too if you are doing the same stuff. How many innocent people have you hit and killed? You are pathetic. Alishas death is not bs as you stated. Why dont you spend some time research ing that DUI is broad spectrum not just alcohol. Ignorant people astound me.

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Article comment by: dreka andrews

this is a very horrific accident...darius is really a great child (we already knew he didnt have any alcohol in his system)...vehicle wrecks happen quite often unfortunately and lives are lost that way and im very sorry for the family's lost but this was truly an unfortunate accident...i know the girls family is suffering and believes he should suffer forever as well and im sure he already is with this accident on his hand but him being locked up and thrown away is not really going to make anything any better for anyone. it just wont change these unfortunate circumstances and i believe he shouldnt spend time behind bars for an accident...after this definitely some counseling

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