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1 Caught, 1 Sought, 1 Unidentified in Aiken Murder


Aiken police have identified two of three suspects in the Aug. 18 shooting death of a local man.

Earnest Croft, victim (from Facebook)

Dontell Daniel Harling, 19, is charged with murder in the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Earnest S. Croft.

Antonio Jerome Wise, 18, of Aiken, is being sought on a murder charge.  A third suspect is involved but investigators are still working to identify the individual, according to Lt. Jennifer Hayes with Aiken Public Safety.

On Aug. 18, the victim’s body was found in the driveway of a home on Aldrich Street near Schroder Avenue. The discovery was made by officers patrolling the area after a call of shots fired shortly before 11 p.m. that day.

Wise was arrested Saturday by the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Department and Edgefield Police Department. He was held on charges of murder and weapon possession.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Aiken Department of Public Safety at (803) 642-7620 or submit a tip to CRIME STOPPERS by using the P3 Tips app or going to and clicking Submit a Tip. Tips submitted through Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and may receive a cash reward of up to $1000.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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