A public safety officer in South Carolina who fatally shot an elderly, unarmed man in 2014, has finally been arrested on a felony charge. The state’s Law Enforcement Division announced Tuesday, that Justin Gregory Craven, 25, is being charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.
The North Augusta public safety officer essentially admits all of the facts of the case, stemming from the February 2014 death of Ernest Satterwhite.
Considering the facts of the case, Craven is facing up to 10 years in prison… and a fine of $1,000 for good measure.
Investigators reveal that after Craven attempted to make a traffic stop, Satterwhite, 68, drove on from North Augusta to his home. That was miles away in neighboring Edgefield County. But there was little the officer had to worry about. He simply followed him all the way home, where Satterwhite pulled into his own driveway.
Yet investigators say that Craven fired several times through Satterwhite’s driver’s-side car door… after Satterwhite had already gotten home and parked his car in his driveway.
Coincidentally and perhaps ironically, this charge was raised against Craven the same day that another Caucasian police officer in South Carolina, Michael Slager, was slapped with a murder charge in the death of Walter Scott.
Like the more widely-publicized Scott shooting, Craven’s murder was also captured on video.
The arrest warrant for Craven’s 2014 shooting says that he “admitted firing the pistol” into the car.
But the incident report, released last year by the police claims that Craven said Satterwhite “grabbed my gun.”
Another incident report, separate from the first, alleges that “a struggle ensued between officer Craven and the suspect over officer Craven’s duty weapon” before Craven shot Satterwhite.
But this is simply not true. The lawsuit now filed by Satterwhite’s family “vehemently denies” any struggle, and the video footage seems to back them up. Indeed, the shots were fired into the car. How was there a struggle for the gun while the driver was still in the vehicle?
Those are the sort of questions that remained unanswered to a grand jury that just indicted Craven on a charge of “misconduct in office,” a misdemeanor, in addition to the felony he is now facing.
Craven was just booked into the Edgefield County Detention Center this week. Craven’s attorney, Jack Swerling, tell us that Craven will plead not guilty to both charges.
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(Article by S. Wooten)