Man accused of attempting to kill ex-girlfriend in Spartanburg Co. arrested

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A man accused of attempting to kill his ex-girlfriend has been arrested in Spartanburg County.

Samuel Terrell Riser, 36, of Spartanburg, is charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime, Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, and Malicious Injury to Property.

A formal bond hearing was held on Thursday afternoon. Authorities said Riser shot his ex-girlfriend on the night of December 21 at an apartment complex called “Regency at Blackstock.”

“He went in and actually shot her five times, in front of her two children,” said solicitor, Barry Barnette.

Solicitor Barnette spoke about Riser’s criminal record during the hearing.

“He was given a 7-year sentence in his last case, your honor. He had a domestic violence first offense, your honor, which is a violent offense, which is basis for the one pistol charge, your honor. He had several drug offenses, which he also pled to, your honor. Beyond that, he has other charges,” said Barnette.

He said Riser also has charges connected to the same victim.

“He’s also out on bond for assault and battery on the same victim, your honor. And I understand there’s been other instances, talking with one of her family members that ought to be looked at, your honor,” he said.

Barnette said neighbors heard arguing coming from the apartment that night. He says victim’s children, ages 7 and 9, ran over to the neighbors to tell them their mother had been shot. That’s when Barnette said neighbors called police.

A victim advocate spoke on behalf of the family during the hearing.

“Obviously, with the victim still being in the hospital, she couldn’t be here. The main question the family wants to know is why with the children being in the home? They believe he is a threat to the community,” said the advocate.

Barnette said Riser could be facing more charges, but they will have to speak to the victim first.

The victim is expected to survive her injuries, deputies said.

The magistrate judge said Riser’s bond will be set in circuit court due to the severity of Riser’s offenses and his past criminal history.

The magistrate judge said Riser is to have no contact with the victim or any witness while he is in jail. His initial appearance is set for February 2022.

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