Horry County, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The trial of two people charged in connection to the 2008 death of an Aynor man began on Monday.
Crystal Gayle Turner, 30, of Marion, and Charles Andrew Skipper, 28, of Dillon, are facing charges in the death of Ronald Rabon, 54. Rabon's body was discovered along Tobacco Leaf Lane in Aynor by a garbage truck driver in August 2008.
Turner faces charges of accessory before the fact to murder and armed robbery, while Skipper has been charged with murder and armed robbery.
Investigators allege Turner lured Rabon away from a local bar and took him to a road outside of Aynor, where five other people were waiting. According to a police report, Rabon was robbed and shot several times.
In addition to Turner and Skipper, police have charged Jamie Dean White, 24, of Sellers; Luther Eugene Oxendine, 25, of Dillon; Paige Skipper Furniss, 25, of Hamer; and Stacey Johnson, 30, of Mullins, each with one count of murder and robbery.
Horry County Assistant Solicitor Larry Filiberto told WMBF News the four other suspects may have the opportunity to testify against Turner and Skipper in the upcoming murder trial.
Joe Huffman operates a produce stand near the bar Rabon visited the night he was killed. Huffman said he is like a lot of people in the area who are interested in hearing more once the trial begins.
"I'd like to hear some of the details and see why something like that would happen, what would cause it to happen," Huffman said. "Maybe if you knew what caused it, you might could prevent it.
The prosecution and defense did not finish selected a jury Monday. The process was suspended in the afternoon, and the judge and lawyers went through some pre-trial motions. Some of those motions related to what evidence will be allowed in the trial.
Jury selection is expected to resume on Tuesday morning. Opening statements will follow.
A murder charge can come with a sentence of 30 years to life in prison, while an armed robbery conviction could carry a sentence of 10 to 30 years.