S.C. Attorney General’s office to prosecute Strickland case
by The Press and Standard | November 14, 2019 11:21 am
The prosecution of Colleton County Sheriff R.A. Strickland on the domestic violence charge filed against him last weekend will be handled by the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office.
Jeff Kidd, communications director of the 14th District Solicitor’s Office, said the solicitor’s office “will be available to assist in the investigation and prosecution in whatever capacity the Attorney General’s Office deems necessary.”
With the Attorney General Office leading the prosecution, Kidd said the solicitor’s office would not be commenting further on the case.
A media spokesperson for the Attorney General’s Office contacted this morning was not prepared to address any questions concerning the Strickland case.
Strickland was arrested by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on Nov. 9 and released on $5,000 bond.
The arrest affidavit alleges that on Nov. 7 at approximately 10 p.m., Strickland punched an unidentified female household member in the face “more than once.”
According to the affidavit, the victim of the attack received “moderate bodily injury,” including an arm injury sustained while trying to protect her face from the attack.
The affidavit further states that “The injuries were also photographed by SLED agents and they are consistent with her recollection of event.”
After the physical attack, Strickland reportedly took possession of the victim’s cell phones to prevent her from seeking medical assistance or reporting the incident to authorities.
He also reportedly damaged the vehicle in which she tried to flee.
The afternoon of Nov. 12, Strickland, in a prepared statement, said he would immediately begin a leave of absence from the sheriff’s office, turning over his duties to Chief Deputy Buddy Hill.
Strickland’s release said would “allow me to heal and self-reflect on myself.”