Judge denies parole for convicts in Lincolnville constable's murder

Constable Bailey
Constable Bailey

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A man and woman sentenced for accessory after the fact in the murder of a Lincolnville constable were denied parole on Wednesday.

Jerome Washington and Asia Prioleau went before a judge around 9 a.m. at the North Charleston Armory and were denied bond. The two were charged with accessory to murder after 67-year-old Robert Bailey was killed in the line of duty in 2007.

"These past years have been really rough on me as well as the family," said Bailey's son-in-law and partner Carmine D'Amato. "I oppose his release due to the heinous manner of the crime he was involved in."

"We're glad that they were denied bond. I didn't anticipate a different outcome," Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said. "But, for the victims' families, who don't go through this process very often, it is very nerve wracking and it's a very anxious time for them."

Washington is serving 12 years for his involvement in the murder of Constable Bailey. Prioleau is serving 15 years as an accessory to the murder and kidnapping.

A third accomplice serving a 5-year sentence for obstruction of justice and accessory after a felony, Asia O'Neill, was also denied parole.

"The co-defendants made it a tough case, because they lied and help cover up," Wilson said."And that's one of the reasons we opposed their parole."

A five-day search for Bailey ended when his body was found about 50 miles from the traffic stop in Orangeburg County. The prime suspect in Bailey's murder, Walter Fayall III, was sentenced to life in prison in early February 2010.

Prioleau and Washington have served a little more than two years of their sentences.

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