Will the accused assassin get one other slap on the wrist at Monday’s listening to in Beaufort?
Jonathan Honest is accused of taking pictures two adults and his personal little one, toddler Ariana Honest, throughout a custody alternate on October 1, 2023, in Beaufort. Sadly, little Ariana didn’t survive. This tragedy unfolded as different youngsters close by appeared on in shock and disbelief.
As Honest faces these prices within the 14th judicial circuit on Monday, a assessment of his rap sheet raises questions…Why was he not already in jail? Why did the judges and prosecutors seem so lukewarm about prosecuting violent crimes? May this tragedy have been averted? The South Carolina 14th judicial circuit is comprised of 5 counties: Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper. In three of the 5 counties of the 14th circuit, Honest amassed a big legal historical past.
Honest was charged with 2nd diploma housebreaking in Hampton County in July 2015, however he was by no means indicted.
In January 2020, Honest was arrested for armed theft in Jasper County; Decide Carmen Mullen set a surety bond of 10% of $16,666.66 ($1,666.66).
Honest’s first Beaufort County cost was for drug possession in 2017. In April 2018, July 2018, and April 2019, he was charged with DUS (driving underneath suspension). In July 2019, Honest was charged with illegal carrying of a pistol and launched on $10,000 bond set by Decide Carmen Mullen. The identical month of this weapons cost, Honest acquired two extra drug possession prices for hash/marijuana and ‘different managed substances.’ Remarkably, all three drug prices look like listed as a primary offense.
In February 2021, Honest was charged with driving with out license or registration. In July of the identical yr, Honest can be charged with 3rd diploma home violence (DV) however launched on his private recognizance whereas he was out on bond for armed theft in Jasper County. (This information outlet has discovered that Honest is believed to have fathered no less than 7 youngsters amongst a number of ladies; considered one of these ladies is allegedly the sufferer within the DV cost).
Honest was once more charged with 3rd diploma DV in January 2023. This time the prosecutor requested the Courtroom to revoke Honest’s bond, however Decide Robert Bonds refused. The choose required a money bond of $37,500.00 and in June 2023, Honest pled responsible to armed theft because the prosecutor’s workplace dropped the weapons cost, and this successfully ended the case.
Following the October 1st homicide of Ariana Honest and the tried homicide of two adults, Jonathan Honest apparently eluded Beaufort County Sheriff’s Workplace (BCSO) officers for over two weeks, finally turning himself in on October 16, 2023.
Honest is predicted to request bail when he’s earlier than the courtroom in Beaufort on December 11, 2023. Along with the homicide cost and the tried homicide prices (x 2), Honest can also be charged with possession of firearm or ammunition by individual convicted of violent felony, breach of peace, possession of a weapon throughout a violent crime, unlawfully inserting a baby prone to or inflicting hurt or willfully abandoning the kid (x 2) and discharging a firearm inside the town limits.
Did the Division of Social Providers (DSS) or regulation enforcement miss alternatives to guard these youngsters?
Curious if an oversight was accountable for the dearth of a well timed intervention by DSS that would have helped defend Ariana and her siblings, we reached out to Captain Mark Mattox at BCSO in a freedom of data act (FOIA) request for his or her coverage involving DSS referrals when DV is charged. Captain Mattox responded, “There is no such thing as a requirement in our coverage that we should contact DSS involving DV instances. As well as, there may be nothing within the SC Statutes that requires we contact DSS in any circumstance.”
We subsequently contacted Senator Katrina Shealy, Senator Tom Davis, Consultant Invoice Herbkersman, and Consultant Weston Newton for his or her feedback on how regulation enforcement could possibly be higher decoding the prevailing statutes designed to guard youngsters. On the time of the publication of this text, solely Senator Davis has responded to our request with a promise to circle again following his time in Columbia subsequent week.
Will Batchelor, Director of Communications of the Workplace of Communications and Exterior Affairs for DSS, was additionally contacted by our media outlet with questions round this matter. Although Batchelor acknowledged receipt, he declined to reply any questions.
Within the SC Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, it’s not unusual for legal exercise to flourish underneath the noses of the highly effective.
Appointed by Governor Sanford following the retirement of Randolph Murdaugh, III, in 2006, the 14th judicial circuit has been led by Solicitor Duffie Stone since that point. Identified for mild sentences, an anemic strategy to crime, and questionable judgment, was such a tragedy like Ariana’s inevitable in Stone’s yard?
In response to the Heart for Judicial Excellence (CJE), 975 youngsters have been killed by their divorcing or separating mum or dad since 2008. The CJE is a nonprofit group whose mission is to guard little one abuse and home violence survivors within the U.S. household courtroom system whereas fostering accountability within the judicial department. Documentation is being gathered by CJE to advertise child-centered coverage reforms to assist defend youngsters throughout this susceptible, and probably risky, time of their life.
Together with organizations reminiscent of One Mother’s Battle (OMB), the Nationwide Secure Father or mother Group (NSPO), and the work of Danielle Pollack, the CJE advocates for laws reminiscent of Kayden’s Regulation which was just lately integrated into the Violence In opposition to Girls’s Act (VAWA).
Kayden’s Regulation was named after a 7-year-old woman who was brutally crushed to dying by her father after the courtroom decided that unsupervised visits with father had been within the little one’s greatest curiosity, ignoring his violent and erratic conduct in addition to the testimony of an professional.
To assist promote extra accountable determinations in little one custody hearings, Kayden’s Regulation will incentivize states to make safer, extra considerate determinations regarding little one custody.