Aiken man gets life for 2014 murder in Edgefield County

September 2, 2018

An Aiken County man was found guilty Friday of murdering a 50-year-old Trenton man in 2014 in Edgefield County.

William C. “Billy” Sellars, 35, was found guilty of murdering Johnny Hyrdrick at his home at 103 Windy Ridge Road on Oct. 10, 2014, according to a release provided by the 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

After a week-long trial in Edgefield, the verdict was returned early Friday afternoon following jury deliberations for one hour and forty-five minutes, solicitors said.

Circuit Court Judge Eugene C. Griffith Jr. sentenced Sellars to life in prison without the possibility of parole as a result of a prior conviction for armed burglary of a dwelling, a violent crime, in Florida in 2003, according to the release.

“I’m very proud of the hard work of our prosecution team,” said 11th Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard. “We hope this verdict brings closure and a sense of justice to the family of Johnny Hydrick.”

The case was prosecuted by Deputy Solicitor Suzanne Mayes and Assistant Solicitor Robby McNair.

On Oct. 11, 2014, Hydrick was found beaten and bound with duct tape in his home when a relative went to check on him. Hydrick was disabled and living alone at the time of his murder.

The investigation conducted by the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office determined that Hydrick was beaten and robbed of money and his prescription pills. Several firearms in the home were also stolen during the robbery.

An autopsy conducted by Dr. Janice Ross in Newberry determined that Hydrick sustained multiple injuries as a result of blunt force trauma. He suffered numerous contusions to the head, facial lacerations and a fractured nose.

Following the murder, the investigation determined that Sellars returned to Aiken County and attempted to sell or trade the prescription pills and guns stolen during the robbery, solicitors said.

Sellars was arrested on October 30, 2014 at his home on Vincent Avenue in Aiken.

The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office worked in conjunction with numerous law enforcement agencies during the investigation, including the S.C. Law Enforcement Division forensics crime lab, Det. Jeremy Hembree of the Aiken Department of Public Safety and Det. Brian Travis of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

The investigation remains ongoing regarding accomplices who may have aided Sellars in the murder of Hydrick.

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