Earl Matthews Executed For Lucia Aimar Murder

Earl Matthews was executed by the State of South Carolina for the murder of Lucia Aimar

According to court documents Earl Matthews would rob Lucia Aimar and her boyfriend while they sat in their car. Matthews would fire which would kill Lucia Aimar and would shoot and injure her boyfriend

Earl Matthews would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death

Earl Matthews would be executed by lethal injection on November 7 1997

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Earl Matthews Case

On the evening of October 29, 1984, the 16-year-old decedent and her 16-year-old boyfriend were parked in an empty parking lot eating their dinner and talking. Appellant approached the driver’s side of the car where the boyfriend was seated.

Appellant pulled out a handgun and demanded the boy’s money. While the boy was looking through the car for money, appellant struck him across the face, breaking his nose. The boy found five dollars in his girlfriend’s purse. At appellant’s direction, he put the five dollars back into the pocketbook and handed it to appellant. While appellant was going around to the passenger’s side of the car, the decedent locked her door and tried to roll up her window.

According to the boy’s testimony, appellant prevented her from rolling up the window and said, “Come on, let’s take a little ride.” When the decedent’s boyfriend told him they were not going for a ride, appellant stepped back and cursed, shot the girl in the head, and shot the boy in the chest. The girl was pronounced dead later in a local hospital. The decedent’s boyfriend recovered from his chest wound and testified at appellant’s trial and at the second sentencing proceeding.


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