General Sessions Resumes Monday with a Murder Trial

Lutavious Elmore

Laurens County General Sessions Court comes out of the long COVID-19 lockdown this Monday. Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in Hillcrest Square in preparation for a trial of 33-year-old Lutavius Denard Elmore of 218 Spring Street Laurens. Elmore is charged with Murder in the Saturday, October 27th, 2018, death of 26-year-old Mandez Sergio Lindsey of Greenville. Presiding over the trail next week will be Judge Donald Hocker of Laurens.

We understand this will be the first General Sessions Trial in South Carolina since the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic. At this week’s  Laurens County Council Meeting, Laurens County Emergency Communications Director Joey Avery told council that all health precautions will be observed during all phases of the trial, and that extra help may be necessary to maintain a safe environment. Sanitizing and social distancing will be enforced.

To ensure proper social distancing, Laurens County Magistrate’s Court is moving to the Ridge at Laurens for August, starting this Monday. There is a backlog of some 2,500 magistrate’s cases awaiting action.

In addition to Murder, Lutavious Elmore is also charged with Possession of a Weapon in a Violent Crime, 1st Degree Burglary, Kidnapping, Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature along with Assault and Battery 3rd Degree.