Warrant: Video shows slain Kershaw victim getting into accused killer’s car

jmonk@thestate.comMarch 4, 2014 

— An arrest warrant in the ongoing murder case of Briana Rabon says a video shows her getting into a car driven by her accused killer just before she was slain.

“Investigators ... have obtained and reviewed surveillance video of the victim getting into a car operated by the defendant, just prior to the victim’s death,” the warrant says.

The warrant charges Stephen Ross Kelly, 21, with murder in Rabon’s death. He is being held in the Kershaw County jail without bond.

His lawyer, Bob Cook, was not available for comment Tuesday.

Kershaw Sheriff Jim Matthews said Tuesday if even if Rabon appears to have at first gone willingly with Kelly, “It’s still a murder case because he killed her.”

The murder warrant also says that Kelly has given investigators a statement saying “that he was the last person to see the victim alive ... ” but that he says “he cannot account for the whereabouts of the victim after that.”

The warrant does not say where the surveillance video was taken, but Sheriff Jim Matthews earlier told reporters that video from a Kangaroo gas station helped in the case. That gas station is in Lugoff and next to the Waffle House off Interstate 20 where Rabon’s car was found.

Meanwhile, 5th Circuit assistant prosecutor Luck Campbell has been assigned to the case.

Campbell, a veteran prosecutor who handles complex violent crimes, has had a string of high-profile criminal prosecution victories in the courtroom in the pst year.

In jury trial after jury trial, Campbell has demolished the defense, convincing juries to convict and judges to give long sentences.

Just in the past year, Campbell won murder cases involving Greg Isaac, who argued a Stand Your Ground defense after killing a man; Marcus Bailey, who killed his girlfriend and hid her body in her house for days; and Brett Parker, the Irmo-area bookie who hatched an elaborate plot to kill his wife and his betting clerk.

Bailey got 50 years in prison, and Parker and Isaac each got life.

Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson was not available for comment.

Law enforcement officials have gathered considerable evidence from the location where Rabon’s body was found and from Kelly’s vehicle.


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