A judge on Thursday refused to release the dashboard camera video of a traffic stop that led to the shooting death of an Aiken police officer in December.
Circuit Judge Jack Early decided to make his temporary order permanent, keeping reporters from seeing the video at least until a trial. He sided with a lawyer for 19-year-old Stephon Carter, who said releasing the video would prevent Carter from receiving a fair trial.
Carter is charged with the murder of Aiken public safety officer Scotty Richardson during a traffic stop on Dec. 20. He is also charged with attempted murder after authorities said he shot at a second officer who was saved by his bulletproof vest.
Several media outlets had asked for the video under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. Early also refused to hear a compromise from a community newspaper called The Jail Report that requested him to only allow reporters to watch the tape and take notes.