RIDGELAND MAN CONVICTED OF MURDER
JANUARY 14, 2016
A jury has convicted Billy Phillips, 42 of Ridgeland SC, of the May 18th 2013 murder of 24 year old Darius Dominique Woods at a residence at 1457 East Adams Street. Ridgeland Officers responded to the home at approximately 10:43 p.m. that night after friends of the victim found him lying on the living room floor unresponsive having suffered 2 apparent gunshot wounds. Ridgeland Investigators and SLED Crime Scene Personnel collected numerous pieces of evidence from the scene and conducted several interviews over the course of the following weeks ultimately leading to Phillips being identified as the primary suspect. Shortly after being initially questioned by Investigators Phillips fled South Carolina but was captured by the U.S. Marshals in California on August 1st 2013 serving an outstanding federal probation violation warrant stemming from a previous felony conviction. He was then transferred to the Estill Federal Correctional Institution in South Carolina where he was ultimately charged with Darius Woods' murder on May 12th 2014. Phillip's trial began on January 12th 2016 and concluded on January 14th where it took a jury 3 hours to find him guilty of murder for which he received a sentence of 40 years and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime for which he received an additional 5 years. The trial was presided over by The Honorable Michael G. Nettles and was prosecuted by Assistant Solicitor Mary Jones. The defendant was represented by Attorney Steve Plexico with the Jasper County Public Defender's Office.
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