14th Circuit Solicitor's Office​

Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties​

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About the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office

The Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office is the chief prosecuting agency for Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. Covering 3,200 square-miles of South Carolina’s renowned Lowcountry, we are the only five-county circuit in the state.

Our primary role is to prosecute all cases in General Sessions Court, certain misdemeanors in Magistrate’s Court and all criminal cases in Family Court. Each year, we prosecute approximately 5,000 cases.

Additionally, our office operates a number of prevention programs including pre-trial intervention, worthless check, alcohol education, traffic education, treatment-based courts and juvenile arbitration.

The office is led by the Solicitor, who is elected every four years. Solicitor Duffie Stone was appointed by the Governor in 2006. He was re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

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Colleton County Courthouse

Colleton County General Sessions trial docket for week of 10/16/23

A list of potential jury trials for the Oct. 16-20, 2023, term of Colleton County General Sessions Court, the Honorable Robert Bonds presiding. Please note ...
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Solicitor Duffie Stone cross examines murder defendant Ty'leic Chaneyfield at the Beaufort County Courthouse on Sept. 28, 2023.

2nd Jasper man convicted in Bluffton Parkway shooting that killed high school football star

BEAUFORT, SC (Oct. 2, 2023) – A second Jasper County resident has been convicted for the 2021 shooting death of a popular Bluffton High School ...
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Beaufort man guilty of manslaughter in brutal stabbing death

BEAUFORT, S.C. (Sept. 29, 2023) – A Beaufort man who stabbed a woman in the neck, killing her during a botched robbery attempt, has pleaded ...
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The Solicitor's Office in other news media

A collection of news stories involving the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and Solicitor Duffie Stone.

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Beaufort County Courthouse

Beaufort County General Sessions jury docket for week of 8/14/2023

A list of potential jury trials for the Aug. 14-18, 2023, term of Beaufort County General Sessions Court, the Honorable Robert Bonds presiding. Please note ...
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Ridgeland Correctional Institute jail cell where inmate Michael Edwards was found strangled in 2019. Cellmate Jeffrey Bryan Henderson pleaded guilty to the killing in August 2023.

Ridgeland Correctional inmate sentenced for killing cellmate

RIDGELAND, S.C. (Aug. 11, 2023) – A Ridgeland Correctional Institute inmate, already serving 15 years for an array of violent crimes, was sentenced to three ...
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Bloody prison garb recovered

Former Ridgeland prisoner convicted of murdering fellow inmate

RIDGELAND, S.C. (Aug. 4, 2023) – A former prisoner at the Ridgeland Correctional Institute has been convicted of murdering a fellow inmate. Benjamin Walter “Animal” ...
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Domestic Violence Advisory Committee

Solicitor Duffie Stone has been chairman of the S.C. Domestic Violence Advisory Committee since its inception in 2015. This multidisciplinary body was formed to decrease the incidences of domestic violence by developing an understanding of its causes, planning and implementing changes within agencies represented on the committee to stem domestic violence; and advising the governor and General Assembly on policies and practices that will prevent domestic violence.

Measures taken after March 2020 to stem the spread of COVID-19 included shutdowns of many court operations, including jury trials. Unfortunately, crime continued unabated. The result is a substantial backlog of criminal cases in jurisdictions around the country, including South Carolina’s 14th Judicial Circuit. Solicitor Duffie Stone has a plan to reduce the backlog much faster and to provide updates here to track our progress.