Columbia man cleared of murder charge under ‘Stand Your Ground’ law
A Columbia man who confessed to the fatal shooting of a local teenager in 2010 will not go to trial for murder.
At a Thursday hearing in Richland County Circuit Court, a judge granted Shannon Anthony Scott immunity from prosecution under the South Carolina Protection of Persons and Property Act, also known as the Stand Your Ground Law.
Scott fatally shot 17-year-old Darrell Niles, a Keenan High School student, in April 2010.
On the night of the shooting, Scott’s daughter was followed home by an SUV, and the people in it threatened her and fired shots near Scott’s house.
Scott went to his front yard after getting his daughter inside, and fired at Niles, who was in his own car (not the SUV) and was unarmed.
Judge Maite Murphy ruled that Scott’s actions were justified even though Niles was an innocent bystander. The Stand Your Ground Law says that a person in his/her home or vehicle is not required to retreat from an attacker.
Solicitor Dan Johnson has appealed the ruling to the state Supreme Court.