PHOTOS: What SLED investigators faced in LCSO evidence room

Guns and money were missing, but official investigation is closed
During the inventory, S/A Wallace obtained documents from Sheriff Chastain, former LCSO Capt. Stephon Williams, and LCSO Sgt. Jimmy Sharpton regarding evidence which was converted to county use, lists of firearms which were sold, the LCSO policy in disposition of evidence and documents for the transfer of firearms to other county agencies.” - SLED audit

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: State Law Enforcement Division photos released today show stacks of guns and boxes of unsecured evidence handled by the Laurens County Sheriff's Office.

Out-going Sheriff Ricky Chastain and in-coming Sheriff Don Reynolds asked for an independent SLED forensic audit of the evidence room when Reynolds became sheriff in January, 2017. An audit report was issued, and a 3,000-page document prepared concerning LCSO evidence storage in the Chastain Administration. Auditors said there were guns missing and more than $300 missing from one case - the audit closes the SLEDS case, a document says.

Based on a state FOIA request of The Clinton Chronicle, these are the photos provided by e-mail today. These show what the SLED auditors - at one point, 9 SLED agents worked on the LCSO investigation - found when they walked into Sheriff's Office storage in offices and cells of the old jail in downtown Laurens.


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