The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office has made another arrest in connection with a fatal shooting at the Hartford Community Center on October 27. Curtis Ladarius Tydrecus Graham, 20, of Folk Street in Pomaria, SC was arrested Monday for his involvement in a shootout that took place at an illegal Halloween/Birthday party.
Investigating Deputies were able to identify Graham through information gathered through an extensive follow up investigation. Warrants were issued for Graham Thursday. Deputies and SLED agents began looking for Graham Thursday night, but were unsuccessful in their initial efforts. Graham contacted an attorney and turned himself into to Investigating Deputies Monday morning. Graham was taken to the Newberry County Detention Center and booked awaiting a bond hearing on charges of Attempted Murder and Breach of Peace of a High and Aggravated Nature.
Sheriff Foster said that a fight broke out inside the Hartford Community Center between two individuals. Private security guards employed by the hosts of the party ejected the two from the inside of the Hartford Community Center into a crowded parking. Shortly after the removal, a gun battle ensued between Brandon Joiner and Kevin Holland. At some point in that exchange, Graham joined in the fray firing numerous rounds. During the gun battle Joiner was struck in the leg by a bullet and Jared Singley received gunshot wounds that proved fatal.
According to Sheriff Foster, the investigation continues and more arrests are anticipated, especially for obstruction. “Numerous people knew about who was doing the shooting, but consciously chose not to tell investigating law enforcement officers,” said Sheriff Foster. “Equally disturbing, we had people threatening witnesses not to talk to officers. We are now looking into the identity of those people and we will seek justice,” according to Sheriff Foster. “Enough is enough. We have to stop those that are creating chaos in our communities and we also have to stop those that empower them,” stated Sheriff Foster.
Sheriff Foster said that SLED labs continue to work with the Sheriff’s Office and the Newberry County Coroner’s office with forensic details in the case.
Tips are accepted through Crime Stoppers, 1-800-CRIMESC, the Sheriff’s Office at 321-2222, or through the web at www.newberrycountysheriff.com A financial reward is offered through Crime Stoppers of the Midlands.