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Attorney: Armed robbery outside church was 'totally out of character' for man charged

Attorney Scott Bellamy representing his client, Richmond Collier as he appeared before a judge for a bond hearing on Oct. 12, 2017. (WPDE)

The attorney for the man who is charged with two counts of armed robbery, attempted murder and weapons charges after crimes that were committed on Sept. 28 says the incidents were “totally out of character” for his client.

Richmond Clayton-Isaiah Collier, 18, of Conway, is charged with two counts of armed robbery, attempted murder, two counts of pointing and presenting firearms at a person, two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, unlawful carrying of a pistol and malicious injury to animals, according to Horry County police.

According to Assistant Solicitor Pierce Haar, the charges against Collier stem from two separate incidents, both on Sept. 28 and both armed robberies.

During one of those incidents, Collier was shot eight times by a member of Grand Strand Baptist Church who he reportedly attempted to rob at gunpoint.

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Collier has no other criminal history, according to Haar.

Attorney Scott Bellamy, who represents Collier, said “nothing like this has ever happened,” with his client.

During a bond hearing on Thursday, Bellamy suggested that Collier may have taken something that caused his actions.

“I’m not sure exactly what happened. Could be some issue of he didn’t know what he was doing because of some voluntary consumption of things. We’ll have to explore that as we get his medical records,” Bellamy said.

He said those records could explain “what would lead a young man who otherwise has had no trouble to do something this senseless and that lacks any rational behavior, if he did it.”

He said Collier had been dropped off and was waiting for a friend to get off work at the Ruby Tuesday’s near the Tanger Outlets off of Highway 501 when the two robberies happened. He said the incidents, while separate, were “almost simultaneous in nature.”

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ABC15 has reached out to Horry County police for details on both incidents.

Bellamy said Collier graduated from Carolina Forest High School this past spring and lives at home with his mother.

Bellamy asked Judge Aaron Butler to set bond for Collier, noting that he has strong ties to the community and no criminal history.

“He’s a very young man; he’s got nowhere to go,” Bellamy said.

The judge granted bond for Collier on the charges and also said he would be placed on home detention.

The bond was set as follows:

  • 2 counts of armed robbery - $20,000 on each count
  • Attempted murder - $25,000
  • 5 weapons charges (2 counts of pointing and presenting firearms at a person, 2 counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, 1 count of unlawful carrying of a pistol) -$15,000 on each count
  • Malicious injury to animals - $500

A trial date has not yet been set.

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