Tuesday, July 16, 2013
On Aug. 30, 2012, a woman and her 13-year-old son were walking on a path between Church and Legion Streets near the administration offices of the Georgetown County School District when they made a gruesome discovery.
They found the body of 25-year-old Alphonso Terrell Thomas who had died from a single gunshot wound to the head, according to Corner Kenny Johnson.
On Tuesday, Georgetown Police Capt. Nelson Brown said two men have now been charged with the killing. They are Damonte Rivera, 29, of 2219 Front St. and Anthony Lamar Fraser, 30, of 713 Palm St.
The path where Thomas was found is a heavily traveled walkway between the Georgetown Housing Authority and Church Street.
Finding Fraser and Rivera was not difficult because both were already in jail for another incident.
Rivera was served at the Georgetown County Detention Center and Fraser was served at the Florence County Detention Center. Both were in jail charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and burglary in the first degree because of a home invasion that occurred on Kaminski Street the same day Thomas was killed.
In that case, police were sent to a home on the 600 block of Kaminski Street at about 2:10 a.m. and found the homeowner — a 25 year old man — outside. He said he was sleeping when he heard a noise in his home and saw that four men had kicked in his front door.
He said he was met at his bedroom door by two of the men who were armed with a handgun.
The victim said the four men — who had shirts over their faces — were passing the gun around as they were demanding money.
The men got away with two cell phones, two sets of keys and $30 in cash.
Brown said Tuesday the home invasion and the death of Thomas are related. He would not elaborate except to say Thomas was with the group when the home invasion took place.
He also would not say whether Rivera or Fraser fired the shot that killed Thomas.
By Scott Harper