Homicide is one of the most serious criminal charges defendants can face in South Carolina. The penalties for a homicide conviction include life in prison and the death sentence. Homicide can refer to murder, manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter. This crime can ruin many lives, including the victim’s family and the person who committed the crime.

Accessory to murder is also a serious charge in South Carolina – one that could result in life-changing penalties. As FITSNews reports, Greenwood County prosecutors recently brought accessory charges against two local female teenagers following a fatal shooting that occurred in Abbeville, South Carolina. The June 23rd shooting took the lives of three victims and injured a fourth.

The two newly charged teens, Daijeanne Hamilton (18) and Ta’Zaria Curry (19), allegedly offered assistance with the intent of enabling the shooter to get away with the crime. The warrant that led to the girls’ arrests gives the official charge of Accessory After the Fact of Murder. It remains unclear what evidence the state allegedly has against the two teens in connection with the Abbeville apartment triple homicide.

The two women may now either hire private lawyers or have the courts appoint them public defenders, based on their constitutional rights to counsel. Potential defenses to accessory to murder charges include lack of evidence, duress and being a protected party as the spouse or another relative of the murderer’s.

The consequences of an accessory to murder conviction can range from 1 to 30 years in prison, as well as hefty fines. The state may charge this crime as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances. Anyone facing serious criminal charges in South Carolina should seek legal counsel.