News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- Standing before Judge Melanie DuBose, 38-year-old Desi Orlando Nash faces a charge of attempted murder. He's accused of stabbing a North Augusta man in a fight.
"This is a violent re-offense," Assistant Solicitor Nick McCarley said to the judge. "Threat to the community. Threat to the victim. I think stabbing -- the seriousness of that and the fact that the wounds are in the back."
McCarley's purpose at bond court was to ask the judge for no bond. In a show of solidarity, Aiken Department of Public Safety Director Charles Barranco and Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt stood nearby for the same reason.
"You know, the citizens are just as sick of it as law enforcement, with these repeat violent offenders," Sheriff Hunt tells News 12, after Nash was denied bond.
About a year ago, Nash was put on-notice. After a rash of violent crime, the City of Aiken implemented what it calls Safe Communities. Repeat violent offenders are called in, just like Nash was on January 31, and told to stop. They're offered help and resources if they stop, but if they don't, there are consequences that could include no bond, expedited trials, and lots of prison time if they're convicted.
"These people that we put on notice better take notice, because the bottom line is if they don't, and they re-offend, we're going to do what it takes to prosecute them and get them put somewhere," warns Hunt.
Also in the room is Shelby Saunders and other community members who are part of the Aiken Safe Communities Action Team.
"We wanted to show Mr. Nash that even though he may be here at a bond hearing, we felt as though it was our responsibility to let the judge and others knows that he did come to us and he wanted help and he did take advantage of our resources," says Saunders.
But over the past couple of months, Saunders says Nash stopped showing up. Now, Nash faces no bond and a charge that could carry 30 years in prison.
"Through things like this, unfortunately, today, this may be a way for somebody else to say, 'Hey, you know, let me pick up that phone and let me reach out a little bit further,'" says Saunders.
An incident report says the defendant, Nash, was attached too. The report says Nash was hit in the face with a brick by the victim, Darryl McKinney. Before being booked into jail, Nash was treated at Aiken Regional Medical Center for a "laceration to the scalp and cheek" and a contusion to the forehead.
During the bond hearing on Tuesday morning at the Detention Center, Nash told Judge DuBose that he was acting in self-defense.
However, citing investigators, Assistant Solicitor McCarley says after the fight the victim began to flee. McCarley says only then was McKinney chased down and stabbed in the back eight times by Nash with a pocket knife.