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.