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Prosecution and defense rest in trial of alleged Waccamaw Bingo shooter – Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina 2021-10-21 21:22:25 –

Conway, South Carolina (WBTW) — On Thursday, on the third day of the alleged Wakkamau Bingo Hall Shooter trial, both the prosecution and the defense suspended their proceedings.

Derrick Rivera faces two murders and one armed robbery due to a 2019 shooting in the Forestbrook area that killed his father and son.

Bingo Hall owners Steve and “Sparky” Johnson were murdered in a robbery on July 26, 2019. Escape car.

Rivera’s lawyer, William McGuire, said the proceedings against the suspect were based on circumstantial evidence.

Both sides focused on Rivera’s physical cell phone and call records.

The state pointed out that Verizon’s account, where Rivera had a prepaid phone, changed her phone number five times within 10 days before the shooting. The defense argued that it had not changed after the shooting.

With Holly County Police detective Sean Widera standing on the stand, Hixson made a phone call from Rivera’s phone to Britton’s phone before and after the shooting and before Rivera was allegedly destroyed his cell phone. Showed the call record of the judge who said he revealed the text.

Hixson: {Hold part of the phone} In your experience, is it consistent with an effort to prevent anyone from seeing what’s in it?

Widera: Understood..

Hixson: Did you do a pretty good job?

Widera: Understood.

Investigators couldn’t prove that Rivera was in contact with Britton, and police analyzed all calls from Cell Tower at Surfside Beach and Myrtle Beach and used Google account information to potentially use Google account information. He said he should have narrowed down the suspects.

“If you geofence at a surfside location and go to Myrtle Beach,” Hey, there’s an account here that sends text messages to the phone, and the same account sends text messages to the phone, “McGaia said. increase. “You could have done that, and it could have gone to some unidentified people.”

The gun used for shooting was not recovered. The two guns Steve and “Sparky” Johnson used to protect themselves were submitted as evidence, and Jana Weaver, a firearms forensic inspector at South Carolina Law Enforcement Department, said from two bullets found on the scene. We conclude that these two guns are not possible. Fired a shot that killed two men.

“We have a database where you can enter these numbers and we’ll generate a list of manufacturers and manufacturers who may have fired those bullets,” Weaver said.

According to Weaver, the bullets found on the scene matched either .38 Special or .357 Magnum bullets.

Rivera was found on a trailer a few days after the shooting by a Sheriff’s agent for Colleton County, and Lieutenant David Long testified that Rivera had found a bullet in the trailer where it was found.

Hixson: Did you find anything else documented?

length: 11.357 Magnum bullets, loose, lying on the floor.

Rivera’s defense questioned the relationship between the bullets found on the trailer and the bullets found on the scene.

McGuire: Not sure if those bullets are involved in this Myrtle Beach robbery?

length: No. I don’t

McGuire: do not know?

length: No. We have collected all the ammunition we found at home. That was the only ammunition in the house.

McGuire: of course. Who owns the trailer?

length: I have no idea.

Both sides will present closing arguments on Friday morning before the case is handed over to the 15 juries.

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