Jury Deadlocked in Murder Trial

WINNSBORO – The trial of a Winnsboro man charged with the shooting death of 18-year-old Rodrickous Ramon Wood in 2011 ended in a hung jury last week in a Fairfield County courtroom.

Stacy Ramon Hunter, 19, of Hawthorne Ave., Columbia, was arrested in May of 2011, just days after the May 1 shooting in the parking lot on Kincaid Bridge Road in Winnsboro, behind what was then Sammy Jo’s restaurant off the Highway 321 Bypass. Hunter was in the passenger seat of a Nissan Maxima, driven by Kenneth Maurice Washington Jr. of Arlington Street, Columbia, when the two performed a drive-by of the parking lot area just after midnight on May 1. A party had just let out from a nearby event facility and a crowd of people were gathered when Washington drove by. Hunter reportedly had his window down and leaned out of the car to sit up on the edge of the door to fire several shots over the roof of the car and into the crowd. Wood was struck in the chest and died later at Fairfield Memorial Hospital.

Hunter, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, was charged with murder. Washington, also 17 at the time, was charged with accessory after the fact.

The deadlocked jury means a mistrial for Hunter, who remains out on bond while the Fairfield County Solicitor’s Office decides whether to retry the case or try to reach a plea deal with Hunter.

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