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Orangeburg rape suspect remains at DJJ; judge says teen will be tried as an adult
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Orangeburg rape suspect remains at DJJ; judge says teen will be tried as an adult


A 16-year-old suspect in two rapes will remain jailed at the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, according to a judge’s orders filed Tuesday.

Bowen Gray Turner of Jackson Drive is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in separate incidents in Bamberg and Orangeburg counties. He’s charged as an adult.

One of his attorneys, Orangeburg Sen. Brad Hutto, asked the court on July 9 to set bond on Turner and move the case to family court.

After hearing oral arguments from Hutto and from 2nd Judicial Circuit Assistant Solicitor Michael Emmer, Circuit Judge Casey Manning took the issue under advisement until Tuesday

Manning filed an order denying bond to Turner. Also, Turner remains charged as an adult and his case is not being moved to family court.

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Turner’s first criminal sexual conduct charge stems from an alleged incident in Bamberg County in October 2018, according to S.C. Law Enforcement Division warrants.

SLED charged Turner in the Bamberg incident on Jan. 29.

Turner was released on a $10,000 bond. Court records show he was wearing a GPS monitoring device until his attorneys asked a judge to order it removed on April 22.

The second charge stems from a June 2 incident where he allegedly sexually assaulted a 16-year-old female at a party held at a pond house on Neeses Highway, according to a SLED warrant.

Attempts to reach Emmer and Hutto by phone on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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