ANDERSON Co., S.C. (WSPA) – A man has pleaded guilty in the killing of two people during a robbery at a campsite in Iva.
Randall Matthew Simpson, 33, pled guilty to one count of murder, one count of voluntary manslaughter (the other murder charge was reduced), attempted armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in the case.
He was sentenced to 50 years minus time served.
Simpson attempted to fire his attorney today. The judge told him this would not delay his trial.
Justin Williams, 32, and Casey Waddell, 25, were both found dead inside a camper from gunshot wounds.
The solicitor says Williams was the intended robbery victim and Waddell was one of the robbers.
Three others pled guilty for their role in 2016.
Solicitor David Wagner says the shooting happened on Jan. 9, 2016 around 12:30 a.m. on Pierce Rd. and Amy Rd. in Iva.
Williams was the victim – Casey Waddell, Tabitha Roberts, Brandon Davis, Wesley Malmister and Randy Simpson.
They say the suspects had discussed robbing Williams and taking his meth.
They set up a buy at the victim’s home. They showed up at the caper armed.
The solicitor said Roberts went into the victim’s home to make sure he was alone.
Waddell had an assault rifle and and jerked open the door to Williams’ home and demanded he “give it up,” according to the solicitor.
Williams fired one shot, hitting Waddell in the head and killing him.
Simpson then entered the home and shot Williams 5 times and killed him.
Solicitor Wagner said, “Two lives were senselessly lost because of drug addiction and greed. This sentence sends the right message to would-be violent criminals in Anderson County: You will be found, aggressively prosecuted and may spend the rest of your life in prison.”
Simpson’s case is one of several high profile trials expected to begin in the next few weeks.
A trial is scheduled next week for Justin Jamal Warner. He’s accused of shooting and killing a store clerk in April 2015.
Deputies say Warner fled to Georgia after killing a clerk at the BP station on Highway 153 in Powdersville.
David Morris Jr. is also scheduled to stand trial next week on several charges, including killing a K-9. Anderson County K-9 Hyco was killed in October 2015 during a chase.
A woman reported that several men forced her to drive to a Dollar General in Townville where her car was stolen. Deputies later located the car before the suspects jumped out of the car and fled. Deputies say Hyco was shot during the foot chase and died.
Three other people entered guilty pleas in that case.