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Augusta man found guilty of fatally gunning down Aiken victim in 2019

Dae’Kwon Simmons
Dae’Kwon Simmons(WRDW)
Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 9:28 AM EDT
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - An Augusta man was found guilty of a 2019 murder in Aiken after a three-day trial.

In August 2019, 19-year-old Dae’Kwon Simmons, of Augusta, was charged in the murder of 42-year-old Larry Swearingen. On Wednesday afternoon, a jury found Simmons guilty of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, said Cassie Hall, assistant solicitor with the 2nd Judicial Circuit.

Judges have not announced a date for sentencing, Hall said. Simmons could face 30 years to life for his murder charge while the possession of a weapon charge could carry five years.

On Aug. 6, 2019, Swearingen was reportedly walking on the sidewalk along Laurens Street in Aiken with his wife and daughter, Hall described.

The family crossed paths with Simmons who was walking the opposite direction with three other people.

When the two groups passed each other, an argument between Swearingen and Simmons transpired.

As the two parted ways, Simmons reportedly shot Swearingen from behind, Hall said. The entire incident was captured on the security camera footage of a nearby business.

Simmons was 17-year-old at the time of the shooting.

Simmons “was clearly identified from the video” Hall said. “Simmons shot the victim in the back of the neck from about 48 yards away.”

Simmons was arrested six days later on Aug. 12, 2019, and has been held in the Aiken County detention center since.

His trial ended Wednesday, and he will remain in custody until his sentencing.

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