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12/24/2012 10:42:00 AM
Man dies following assault
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GREENWOOD, SC – According to Greenwood County Coroner Jim Coursey, Jason Miller Bush, 29, was pronounced dead at 1:07 a.m. Sunday morning at Self Regional Healthcare. An autopsy is is planned to be performed on Wednesday.

Bush was admitted to Self Regional Healthcare after an assault early Saturday morning left him unconscious. According to a report from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, Bush was allegedly assaulted by Russell Dale Aiken, 33, of 3527 Highway 246 N in Hodges, while in the parking lot at Sports Break. The assault reportedly continued in the vehicle, the report states.

According to the report, Aiken and Bush were accompanied by their girlfriends in the vehicle. The report states that when they arrived at Aiken’s home, Bush was unconscious and cold to the touch and EMS was called. The report also states that another person administered CPR in an effort to keep Bush alive until EMS arrived.

Witnesses told police that Aiken and Bush, who were reportedly long-time friends, started arguing at Sports Break. One witness told police that the victim was in the back seat of Aiken’s girlfriend’s vehicle and Aiken got in the front passenger seat before turning around and striking the victim repeatedly in the head with a closed fist, according to the report. The witness said that Aiken continued striking the victim repeatedly in the head until after they had passed the intersection of Highway 25 N and Deadfall Road, though Bush lay unconscious in the back seat.

When police arrived at the home, they were told that Aiken had fled the scene. Police were unable to locate Aiken with tracking hounds, but later discovered him back inside the home. Aiken told police that he had just crawled in a back window before being discovered in the home.

Aiken is currently being held at the Greenwood County Detention Center and is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Officials with the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office and Greenwood Police Department say that Aiken’s charges could be upgraded following the autopsy on Wednesday.

 



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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Arleen Thomas

I don't know either one of these guys, but my heart an prayers goes out to Jason Bush family an i plea the blood of Jesus to cover an protect you at this time of sorrow. I've been reading all these comments an everybody is blaming somebody, an that is wrong because in my Bible it says you can't judge anyone only God will be the judge of it all. But one thing that i can say friends don't hurt the other one they suppose to help each other. So i said that to say this Russell Aiken must was playing the role of long time friend. And we all need a friend like that just like we need a hole in our heads an Lord knows i don't think none of us need a hole in our head. So please STOP pointing fingers an give the family moral support.

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Robin R

To all of you who don't think the IJ wrote about this, please see the article entitled "Brutal Beating Ruled A Homicide" on the website and read the Dec. 25 or 26 (I can't remember which, but I read it with my own eyes) paper edition of the IJ and you will see that the articles are there.

This tragedy did not happen at Sports Break. It happened while riding down Hwy. 25.

End of Story.


Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Miss Rhonda

Christmas eve was on monday. 12/24

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: Rebecca J

This is such a sad, tragic situation. But, bashing Sports Break? If the establishments name is on the back of youth jerseys and the owner announces at high school games, I would venture to say he cares about his community. I don't live in Greenwood but I have been to Sports Break on a few occasions and have never had an unpleasant experince. Bill V., it is obvious you have some kind of personal vendetta against the owner of this establishment. You are making yourself look like a fool.

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: Mack G.

After reading these pages of posts, I am interested in commenting on one part of this debate regarding what businesses are acceptable for sponsoring youth league sports. Common sense tells us that there must be lines drawn for this and every business is simply not an acceptable option for youth sponsorship. I coached many years in the youth leagues and I also served many years on the school board and this issue is one that I have dealt with before. My parameters for this are that no business that sells alcohol after midnight is an acceptable option for sponsoring youth programs of any kind. These are bars and youth should not be connected to bars in any manner. If you allow these types of businesses to sponsor youth programs how do you exempt liquor stores, which certainly have no place in sponsorship of youth programs. We can't have kids with red dots on their backs, can we ? This is not an attack on any specific business, I include all bars that sell alcohol after midnight on this banned list. Anything can't go when you are setting these parameters and we must also remember that most youth athletic programs in Greenwood are funded by taxpayer money which lends more credibility to banning bars and other adult oriented businesses from sponsorship. I would think any responsible parent would agree with this, but, in today's world parents are far from what they should be.


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