13 years later and Corporal Dennis Lyden is not forgotten
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 23:44:19 GMT —
On June 5, 2000, Horry County Police Corporal Dennis Lyden was beaten and killed during a traffic stop on Highway 544.
Lyden called dispatchers to say he was stopping a suspicious vehicle. The next call they got was from someone saying an officer had been shot.
Lyden's friend, Captain Dale Buchanan, was one of the first to respond.
"When the call first came out that there were shots fired, I started that direction. Of course, by the time I got there, Dennis had already been shot. At that time, we concentrated on finding the people that had done it," Buchanan explained.
James Nathaniel Bryant was found guilty of the murder in 2001 and sentenced to death, but his conviction was overturned. He was convicted again in 2004 and was set to face the death penalty last February. A month before the execution, a US district judge granted a motion to delay his execution.
James Nathaniel Bryant now has until October 19th to file to go back into court to argue that he is being unlawfully held.
Dale Buchanan said that he still misses his friend.
"He was just a very kind person. He treated everybody basically like he would like to be treated himself, impressed me a lot from the very get-go," he said. "I have reminders of him in my office that I see everyday, so yeah in one way or another, I think of him every day."
One of those reminder is the tag that Lyden had on the front of his car the night that he was shot, which Buchanan keeps in his office.