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Att. Murder of Deputies Charges Dropped Against "Pighead" Clark

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Solicitor Adams says the State have dismissed charges against Ricky "Pighead" Clark for attempted murder and failure to stop for blue lights against two Anderson Co. Deputies. Solicitor Adams says the State have dismissed charges against Ricky "Pighead" Clark for attempted murder and failure to stop for blue lights against two Anderson Co. Deputies.
Scene on Cleveland Road (David Rogers) Scene on Cleveland Road (David Rogers)
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Solicitor Adams says the State have dismissed charges against Ricky "Pighead" Clark for attempted murder and failure to stop for blue lights against two Anderson Co. Deputies.

Deputies shot Clark to stop them from driving toward them at the end of a chase.

Adams says "After a thorough investigation into the actions of Deputy Nubern during the traffic stop and based on his prior conduct as a law enforcement officer, his credibility as the primary witness in these cases creates a fatal flaw in the sufficient of the evidence hinder in and all prosecution of Clark on these specific charges."

It all began when Anderson County deputies ran a plate after witnessing a traffic violation.

The tags did not match the Ford F-150 pickup truck. The deputy attempted to pull over the suspect, identified as Ricky "Pighead" Clark, driving the vehicle south on Michelin Boulevard.

McBride said that Clark did not stop and led the deputies on a chase down Highway 29 South. The suspect crashed the vehicle in a wooded area near the South Carolina-Georgia border. The vehicle became stuck in the mud.   

According to McBride, deputies approached the vehicle, but Clark managed to get the vehicle out of the woods and drove toward the deputies. Fearing for their safety, McBride said the deputies opened fire and shot the suspect.

Clark was transported to AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries.

Per protocol, officials with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating the incident.

Clark has an extensive criminal background history, McBride stated. 

Clark was first arrested shortly before his 18th birthday and for the past 40 years has racked up a plethora of charges including multiple larceny, burglary, and drug charges.

On June 27, 2005, he escaped from the Union County Jail, stole a 1999 Red Convertible Mustang and drove to Anderson County.

"I've been on several manhunts but that one obviously sticks out," McBride says.

More than 100 officers searched for Clark before he turned himself in a few days later on July 1. He was sentenced to serve 10 years but was let out early in 2012.

In the past year Clark's been arrested four times on various charges of larceny, possession of a firearm and trespassing. It's a frustrating for law enforcement to keep arresting the same people, says McBride.

We sought to find out why Clark and other criminals with similar patterns continue to get out of jail.

Anderson County Solicitor Chrissy Adams tells 7 On Your Side that in Clark's case she pushed for the maximum sentences but the South Carolina Department of Corrections let him out early. She says it's not uncommon in the state for inmates to serve less time.

The Department of Corrections says inmates can earn time off their sentences through good behavior and work and education programs. In South Carolina inmates serve on average only 56% of the time they were sentenced too.

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