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Rap lyrics help convict Columbia (SC) man of murder
The State ^ | February 19, 2014 | CHRIS WINSTON

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 fiancee’s 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 Solicitor’s 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 Wardlaw’s 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 lyric’s 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, Hoefer’s 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.


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1 posted on 02/19/2014 11:13:27 AM PST by Gamecock
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To: upchuck

Ping


2 posted on 02/19/2014 11:13:51 AM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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Poetic justice.


3 posted on 02/19/2014 11:14:12 AM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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To: Gamecock

When being an aspiring rap artist backfires...


4 posted on 02/19/2014 11:20:08 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Gamecock
Looks like there was plenty of evidence to put this criminal away besides the lyrics. Popular music has always had it's share of lyrics about shooting people - Bob Marley sang about shooting the sheriff (but he did not shoot the deputy), Johnny Cash sang that he shot a man in Reno just to watch him die, the Bobby Fuller Four, the Clash, the Dead Kennedys have all covered "I Fought The Law".

But unlike this guy, they didn't narrow it down to an Olive Garden.
5 posted on 02/19/2014 11:39:45 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Olive Garden? Was Ryan’s Steak House booked?


6 posted on 02/19/2014 11:46:12 AM PST by steve8714 (I love the early House Party movies. I'm whitey McWhite. So sue me.)
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To: Gamecock

“grew (sic) a gun”

I just want to know how he “grew” a gun...

I might get into farming if you can grow firearms...


7 posted on 02/19/2014 11:51:04 AM PST by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: Gamecock

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.


8 posted on 02/19/2014 11:57:59 AM PST by dangus
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To: Syntyr
I just want to know how he “grew” a gun...

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.

9 posted on 02/19/2014 12:01:40 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I just messed up my tagline. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: dangus

**Wardlaw acknowledged the lyrics were his, but that he acted in self defense.**

Still, there may be others involved.


10 posted on 02/19/2014 12:07:02 PM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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To: steve8714

They wanted to kick it up a notch from Denny’s and Chuck-E-Cheese.


11 posted on 02/19/2014 12:08:15 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Gamecock

Has anyone considered he was trying to help the guy? He prevented him from eating at Olive Garden.


12 posted on 02/19/2014 12:36:18 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Gamecock

If there was any justice Michael Dunn will have to share a cell with this guy.


13 posted on 02/19/2014 12:37:32 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Gamecock

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.


14 posted on 02/19/2014 1:48:28 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Gamecock; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; A Strict Constructionist; ...
Why didn't he just video it and post on YouTube?

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15 posted on 02/19/2014 2:23:59 PM PST by upchuck (Stop this abuse now! Get behind Convention of States: http://bit.ly/1ak1Iz9)
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To: Syntyr

Here's how he grew his gun.

16 posted on 02/19/2014 4:12:22 PM PST by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: Gamecock

So, .22 caliber will kill you.


17 posted on 02/19/2014 5:52:33 PM PST by DirtyPigpen (Semper Fi)
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To: steve8714

Red Lobster was booked solid that night.


18 posted on 02/19/2014 8:05:27 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Syntyr; Darksheare; shibumi
Wardlaw, unhappy with the type of drug, grew (sic) a gun


19 posted on 02/19/2014 11:30:09 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

That’s one way to grow a gun.


20 posted on 02/20/2014 5:21:42 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: DirtyPigpen

“So, .22 caliber will kill you.”
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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.


21 posted on 02/20/2014 8:16:36 AM PST by RipSawyer (No tagline added because I have switched to tackle.)
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To: Darksheare

There are others?


22 posted on 02/20/2014 9:58:29 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Well, yes.


23 posted on 02/20/2014 10:04:27 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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