Defendant pleads guilty in Aynor murder trial

Horry County, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - One of two suspects on trial in connection to the 2008 death of an Aynor man has pleaded guilty in court Tuesday.

Charles Andrew Skipper, 28, of Dillon, pleaded guilty to murder and armed robbery in Horry County General Sessions Court. Investigators tied Skipper to the death of Ronald Rabon, 54, of Aynor, whose body was discovered along Tobacco Leaf Lane in Aynor by a garbage truck driver in 2008.

Because Skipper decided to enter a guilty plea, he will not stand trial for his charges. He will be sentenced at a later date.

A second suspect in the case, Crystal Gayle Turner, 30, of Marion, also faces charges for being an accessory before and after the fact of Rabon's murder and armed robbery. Officials said Skipper is expected to testify against Turner.

During opening statements Tuesday, Assistant Solicitor Larry Filiberto told the jury Turner was the person who planned the robbery and murder of Rabon. Filiberto said Turner was the one who picked Rabon as the target.

Turner's defense attorney argued that Turner is a scapegoat for the prosecution. He told the jury that the testimony of the other people charged in the murder would not be credible. He also told jurors that Turner has never been in trouble with police, while some of the others charged have criminal records.

Investigators allege Turner told the other five people charged how to lure Rabon away from a local bar and take him to a road outside of Aynor, where they could rob him. 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.

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.

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