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Man arrested for attempted murder

Victim listed in critical condition

Posted: July 18, 2013 5:44 p.m.
Updated: July 19, 2013 5:00 a.m.

The suspect in a baseball bat attack that topped the C-I’s crime report Wednesday is now in jail, charged with attempted murder.

Ryan Freeland Trojan, 20, of Lugoff, accompanied by his lawyer, turned himself in recently to Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies, according to a KCSO press release. He is currently being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center on $225,000 bond.

Around 1 a.m. Sunday, KCSO deputies responded to a church on Fort Jackson Boulevard where they met with four individuals who were trying to get their friend, a 21-year-old Camden man, to the hospital. Kershaw County EMS had already responded and were treating the victim who was suffering from severe head trauma.

According to the KCSO incident report of the case, Trojan allegedly struck the victim in the head, back and legs. The KCSO said in the press release that the victim was ultimately transported to a Columbia hospital where he was admitted in critical condition with multiple skull fractures and broken teeth.

The victim’s friends said they had all been at a party on Spring Creek Road in Lugoff and realized Trojan and the victim had problems in the past. They decided to leave, but one of them discovered they had left their purse and cell phone at the party. The person living there said it was OK for them to return. They did so, but while they were looking for the purse and cell phone, Trojan allegedly came up behind the victim and “hit him, full force, in the head with a metal baseball bat,” the report said.

Deputies attempted to locate Trojan, who had fled the scene, but were unsuccessful at that time. Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for him, charging him with attempted murder.

According to online court records, deputies arrested Trojan during a year ago, charging him under a statute listed as “unlawful to advertise for sale, manufacture, sell, etc., (drug) paraphernalia.” He was found guilty at a bench trial in September 2012 and fined $100.

Jordan has previously been charged with reckless driving, open container and not wearing a seatbelt.

Trojan is the second Kershaw County man in a week to be charged with attempted murder. On July 11, deputies arrested Marcus Maurice Dow, 24, of Camden, on an attempted murder charge for alleging stabbing a 21-year-old Bishopville man multiple times in front of the east Camden Dollar General. Dow continues to be held at the county jail on $200,000 bond.

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