Attempted murder suspect is released on bond

Woman dies in two-vehicle wreck Authorities have identified Brittney Byrd, 31, of 60 Kipling Dr., Cross Hill, as the victim of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 39, near Smithfield Road south of Laurens, early Saturday morning. A report said she was driving a 2000 VW four-door and was not wearing a seat belt when the vehicle collided with a Dodge pick-up driven by Jerry Irby, 62, of Laurens. Irby was wearing a seatbelt, was entrapped in the vehicle and was transported by helicopter to Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment. The head-on collision happened at 1:38 a.m. six miles south of Laurens, a report said. Byrd died at the scene, one of eight people killed on SC roads this past weekend. This is the 16th traffic fatality in Laurens County this year.

Suspect with “Crazy Hair” Charged with Attempted Murder; also, a traffic fatality


Friday, June 8, 2018 - WLBG AM

Laurens Police charged a teen with Attempted Murder following a late Tuesday afternoon incident. 

Laurens police officers were dispatched to Augusta Street at 6:06 pm on a report of gunfire. They were advised the suspect was still in the area, with the only description of the suspect being that he had “crazy hair.” A man reportedly stated that a male suspect from next door to his son had pointed a gun at him and pulled the trigger. He said the subject “clicked a round, was chambered, and then the trigger was pulled again, firing a round into the ground.” 

Officers noted that a male with peculiar hair came outside and was identified by the victim as the person who shot at him. He did not have a weapon on him and was not immediately arrested. Police were told of a fight earlier in the week between this suspect and Tuesday evening’s victim and the victim’s son. In speaking with others at the scene, officers were led to a pistol allegedly involved, stored in a residence. It reportedly had a live round chambered and several other full metal jacket rounds in the magazine.

Laurens Police arrested 17-year-old Brandon Dewayne “Brady” Corterville who was booked in the Laurens County Detention Center after 9 pm showing an address at 3114 Milam Road. Brandon Corterville was served with two warrants, charging him with Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime. The warrants cite an investigation of Sgt. Gallo as indicating that on June 5th Brandon Corterville attempted murder by pointing a firearm at the victim and pulling the trigger and that the weapon was then fired again with a live round in the chamber. It states Corterville committed this crime with malice aforethought and with willful disregard for human life. Corterville was allegedly in possession of a .38 special hand gun during commission of this crime on Augusta Street Tuesday evening.

Brandon “Brady” Corterville was released Wednesday afternoon after posting cash or surety bonds totaling $100,000 on the two charges.

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