New Ellenton Man Charged with Murder After Shooting Victim Dies

Robert Samuels

Aiken Public Safety investigators have charged 32-year-old Robert Lamont Samuels of New Ellenton with murder after a man he shot in Aiken last week died at the hospital.

The charges stem from a shooting incident that occurred last Tuesday (Oct. 1) on the 400 block of Plunkett Avenue in Aiken. Police say that Samuels was arguing with 43-year-old Bennie Wright in the back yard, leading to the shooting. Neither man lived there.

Wright was taken to Augusta University Medical Center, where he died five days later on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 6).\

Samuels has a long history of drug-related arrests in Aiken County, including drug trafficking.

This is still an active investigation, police said. If anyone has information related to this crime, they are asked to contact Aiken Public Safety at (803) 642-7620 or Midlands Crime Stoppers.

You can provide information about this crime anonymously through Midlands Crime Stoppers. Your tip could earn you a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for this crime.

Note: If you have a photo of Bennie Wright, please text it to The Jail Report at 803-487-3224.