GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Stephen Stanko, who is currently sitting on death row after being convicted in two Grand Strand murders, is appearing in a Georgetown County courtroom Tuesday for a post-conviction relief hearing.
According to Georgetown County Court Clerk Alma White, Judge Donald Brown is presiding.
White added the notice came from the South Carolina Court Administration Office.
A Georgetown County jury sentenced Stanko to death in 2006 for the 2005 murder of his live-in girlfriend, Laura Ling, and the rape of her daughter.
Four years later, an Horry County jury gave Stanko the ultimate punishment for the 2005 killing of 74-year-old Henry Turner of Conway.
A judge previously denied Stanko’s request for post-conviction relief for his Horry County crimes, according to WMBF News partner My Horry News. The inmate argued his attorneys didn’t defend him adequately in his pretrial hearings and in his trial, and his appeal attorneys were inefficient in their appeal of his case.
Stanko is also one of the South Carolina death row inmates who filed a federal lawsuit claiming “cruel and baseless solitary confinement.”
According to records from the S.C. Department of Corrections, Stanko is currently being housed at the Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia.