State Attorney General Henry McMaster announced the indictments of 20 people in Walterboro for a variety of charges, as the state fights to eliminate gang violence and crime.
The attorney general says the state prosecutions are part of an effort to fight against gangs in Walterboro, a town about 40 miles from Charleston that has recently seen a rash of crime. McMaster announced the indictments of 19 adults and one juvenile for charges ranging from perjury and obstruction of justice to arson and murder.
According to a statement released by McMaster, each of the defendants will have bond hearings at the Richland County courthouse this week. McMaster says each of the 20 defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) assisted McMaster’s office in the case. In the last couple of months, SLED has increased law enforcement presence throughout the town of Walterboro after the increase in gang activity.