Skip to comments.Rap lyrics help convict Columbia (SC) man of murder
Posted on 02/19/2014 11:13:27 AM PST by Gamecock
LEXINGTON A 22-year-old Columbia man has been sentenced to life in prison for a 2011 murder at the Harbison Olive Garden.
Gonzales Snoop Wardlaw, 22, was found guilty of murdering Thomas T. Hoefer, 21, of Columbia, on Friday.
Hoefer, who was at the restaurant for a birthday party for his fiancees mother, was shot in the chest on Dec. 29, 2011. with a .22-caliber handgun. He died on the way to the hospital.
Testimony at the trial, according to information released Wednesday by the 11th Circuit Solicitors Office, revealed that the two men met at the restaurant for a marijuana purchase. Wardlaw, unhappy with the type of drug, grew (sic) a gun, shot Hoefer and fled, according to a press release.
Rap lyrics found in Wardlaws home three weeks after the shooting tied him to the shooting. It included references to hit em in his chest and caught em at da Olive Garden. Lyrics also appeared to boast that people who slight the lyrics writer end up dead. In testimony, Wardlaw acknowledged the lyrics were his, but that he acted in self defense. The Lexington jury that convicted Wardlaw deliberated for 50 minutes.
In sentencing, Hoefers family asked for the maximum sentence. Wardlaw admitted to breaking the law, apologized to the court and asked for mercy.
Deputy Solicitors Rick Hubbard and Shawn Graham prosecuted the case on behalf of Solicitor Donnie Myers.
When being an aspiring rap artist backfires...
Olive Garden? Was Ryan’s Steak House booked?
“grew (sic) a gun”
I just want to know how he “grew” a gun...
I might get into farming if you can grow firearms...
Wait... juries believe rap-song boasts? It falls in the category of “serves hi right,” but I’m also concerned that the real killer might elude justice.
Well... it works like this.
He didn't 'buy' it at the store. He "grew" a pair of (testicles) while livin' in the hood, and "grew" (developed) the right "connections" to get a piece.
Then, it was simply a matter of time before he would be able to claim he was being "disrespected" and in response would draw that gun and solve his little "problem".
That it "happened" according to the lyrics of a favored rap song is just proof that what you think about the most, you "Draw" to you.
**Wardlaw acknowledged the lyrics were his, but that he acted in self defense.**
Still, there may be others involved.
They wanted to kick it up a notch from Denny’s and Chuck-E-Cheese.
Has anyone considered he was trying to help the guy? He prevented him from eating at Olive Garden.
If there was any justice Michael Dunn will have to share a cell with this guy.
If this had happened in Colorado, the dude could have just taken the other dude to small claims court instead of being forced to shoot him over a bad dope deal.
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Here's how he grew his gun.
So, .22 caliber will kill you.
Red Lobster was booked solid that night.
That’s one way to grow a gun.
“So, .22 caliber will kill you.”
Yes, it will, for certain. Actually some studies of statistics seem to indicate that the chance of being killed by one .22 round are about the same as for one .45 round, the difference being that death from the .22 is likely to take longer. The .22 actually seems to be MORE deadly than the .32. Even a Moose can be dropped with a .22 if shot in the forehead. I have personally seen a steer that weighed close to a thousand pounds dropped in his tracks by a .22SHORT in the brainpan, not to mention some 500 pound hogs. Any round that will penetrate a half inch or more of yellow pine should be considered potentially lethal. A CCI minimag .22LR will go through an inch and a half of yellow pine and keep flying and that is a hollow point. At close range I have shot a hole through the bottom of a heavy steel cooking pot with a .22LR fired from a Beretta Bobcat pistol which has a barrel only about twice the length of the cartridge. I only say all this because some people do seem to greatly UNDERESTIMATE the danger of these little “mouseguns”. They should be respected, amazing numbers of humans have been killed by the little .22. In fact a good .22 or even a .177 caliber pellet gun can be lethal.
There are others?