Second trial finds man innocent of mu...

Second trial finds man innocent of murder charges in deputy's death

There are 34 comments on the Island Packet story from Oct 27, 2009, titled Second trial finds man innocent of murder charges in deputy's death. In it, Island Packet reports that:

A Richland County man who shot and killed a man in a 2004 incident involving cats has been found not guilty of murder in a second trial.

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cantankerousoldl ady

Murphy, NC

#1 Jan 13, 2010
thank god "I speak for the animals because they cant"
Gal

Houston, TX

#2 Jan 13, 2010
OHHH THANK GOD FOR GROVER RYE and true Justice. The stats show that many serial killers start out by torturing, harming and killing animals!

Anyone who could harm, more or less kill a helpless, defenseless animal or kitten/cat deserved to die. I only wish he would have suffered more than he did. What is even more egregious is the fact that this man was a deputy.

I am glad that such evil is dead and gone. AND I AM ELATED THAT Mr. Rye has been found NOT GUILTY!
Carmen

Gadsden, AL

#3 Jan 13, 2010
Deputy Odam got exactely what he deserved. It sounds like there are a lot more bad apples that are public servants in this county. Come on now, get that deputy a desk job that is allergic to bees.
okydokey

Northwood, OH

#4 Jan 13, 2010
I am sorry young Odom was killed but it appears he believed he had the right to violate everyone else's rights doing whatever he pleased including killing innocent animals. The more the Prosecuter questioned Mr. Rye the angrier I got. It comes out Mr. Rye was NEVER read his rights prior to making a statement AND highly suspect if there was even a LEGAL NOTORY present to sign the "SWORN STATEMENT". Looks like the GOOD OL BOY SYSTEM didn't prevail this time. What about the other two tresspasser/cat killers?
nortojw1

United States

#5 Jan 14, 2010
I'm glad he didnt' get convicted the second time, but the thing that bugs me is the way he called 911. No guilt of what he did. But the jury did get this verdit right. I'm sorry that someone was killed
Jacob35

Youngstown, OH

#6 Jan 14, 2010
It is unfortunate that Mr.Rye was put into this position. If I found people on my property(whether I lived at it full time or not) shooting at animals or buildings I would have a legal right to defend my property.

If the cats were a problem for neighbors they should have called animal control to trap/fine Mr.Rye.It was the choice of Mr.Odam to trespass and kill animals with his friends.That choice resulted in his death.As an officer he should have known better.Any decent person would know better.

Very sorry for the loss for the Odam family,but their son made a poor choice that resulted in his death.
pat fore

Cedar Hill, TN

#7 Jan 14, 2010
i'm trying to figure out how they convicted him the first time. please comment on this for me.
Kathy Arnold

Newington, GA

#8 Jan 15, 2010
I had never watched "In Session" until I was going through channels and the cat killing caught my ears. After watching for the last few days I am like a lot of people in thinking that a law officer should have known better than to go onto Grover's property and start shooting things. I don't think Grover should have ever been taken to trial. It seems obvious that he was within his rights to defend his property. It's a real shame that because of the young cops bad decisions his family and Grover's family have to live with this outcome. Congratulations to Grover for obtaining his freedom when he should never have lost it in the first place.

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#9 Jan 15, 2010
I hope Grover Rye is compensated for the time he spent in jail. I felt so sorry for his wife and what she had to go through, too.They spent their entire life savings on his defense. It sounds like the first jury was made up of mostly younger people who, evidently, slept through some of the trial. This jury was made up of older-and obviously wiser-people.
Pete L

United States

#10 Jan 15, 2010
I have a lingering question, intended for anyone who actually has the answer (US Supreme Court Chief Justices and above only, please):
As far as I am aware, no District Attorney is compelled to prosecute a case simply because a probable cause arrest is made. For example, if a bank security guard employs deadly force in the intercession of a robbery, and witnesses testify that the shoot was clean, the guard, although investigated thoroughly, will not be prosecuted. Common sense.
The evidence in the South Carolina V. Rye case appeared to be so clear and convincing that it seems really strange to me that any District Attorney would pursue a charge of first-degree murder with special circumstances (rather than, say, second-degree manslaughter) with such vigor.
Strange, because it appeared to me that the prosecutor in this case was completely unconvinced that the defendant's guilt met the level of the charges he was trying to prosecute.
My questions are these:
1) Is a District Attorney constrained to continue the prosecution of a case for the purpose of winning the verdict, whether or not it is just to a prudent and reasonable mind?
2) Is malicious prosecution clearly defined in law?(Does it include the prosecution of charges against an individual whose case does not meet the evidentiary level of culpability required for those charges?)
Pete L

United States

#11 Jan 15, 2010
a P.S:
My girlfriend does feral cat rescue (for many years).....and while I agree with the verdict and feel deeply about the feline aspect of this case, the killing of cats rightfully had little direct relevance to the charges, or to the defense or prosecutorial pretexts of this case. It was about the correct sequence of events on 14 Aug 2004, and about the extent to which an individual may defend life and property.
Wayne Roberts

Marion, NC

#13 Jan 16, 2010
I HAVE LOST FAITH IN MANKIND! and cant wait until JESUS comes back and separates the Righeous from the Wicked. I am from Laurens SouthCarolina and watched this case on TV Live in sessions court.
THESE ARE THE FACTS OF THIS CASE:
(1) Deputy Odam was a Veteran of our Military and a Deputy Sheriff who swore a oath to protect and serve the citizens of his state of SouthCarolina and his Country not Stray Cats or Pets or Animals!
(2) Deputy Odam killed the cats on his neighbors property and had he been caught doing this he would have been a convicted felon, lost his job in law enforcement forever and probaly would have done some jail time for cruelty to animals as this is illegal in South Carolina. Never would have beeen allowed to vote or own a gun again!
(3) Deputy odam was 22 yrs old a little imature at that age as he was a young man as we all probaly was at that age. Grover Rye was 57 years old at the time he killed Deputy odam. Grover rye had 35 years of Knowledge, wisdom, understanding and self growth on Deputy Odam.
(4) Grover Rye Knew who was killing his cats from the start but didnt have the proof to give to the police and admitted it on court Tv.
(5) If grover rye who is a Regular Deer Hunter would have placed deer cameras out around those cats or a $50 dollar camera from walmart he would have had proof to give to police and Deer hunters know what Deer Cameras are they work very well!
(6) Grover Rye showed no remorse in killing Deputy Odam over those cats and you heard this on Court Tv on the 911 call!
(7) In the Eyes of our FATHER GOD ALMIGHTY no animal or pet and even all the animals on this planet is worth the life of one(1) man or woman as we are the sons and Daughters of the most High. GOD loves his animals though! but loves mankind more more as HE died for us! GOD wasnt nailed to a cross for animals!
(8) If groover Rye had knocked on the door of Deputy odam and asked him to stop or went to his supervisor at the police department this would have not have happened also.
Wayne Roberts

Marion, NC

#14 Jan 16, 2010
I HAVE LOST FAITH IN MANKIND PART 2

(9) Groover rye in my opinion wanted vengeance for his cats and ambushed Deputy odam the first chance he caught him on his property and probaly shot that dog for killing his cat too.
(10) Deputy Odam made 2 mistakes:(A) He killed those cats.(B) He trespassed and killed the cats of a deranged, evil, cold blooded killer who felt his cats where worth more than the life of his Neighbor , a human being, son of GOD, and law enforcement officer who could have done a lot of good for the citzens of South Carolina. Groover Rye should have reached out to Deputy Odam confronted him set him back on the right path been a Neigbor. What would JESUS our CHRIST have done! Grover Rye didnt because he was a coward unlike his father who also was a Deputy Sheriff of Richmond County.
(11) You know that we are living in the end days and that the comming of Christ is near even at the door when the american people spend billions of dollars on there pets almost as much money as they do on there children and yet we have 100s of thousands of starving children and homeless people and children in our nation its clear that americans value there pets more than they do human life as this was not a criminal that was killed but a outstanding member of our society a hero Deputy odam.
(12) Quoting the bible:
(A) Love thy Neighbor as thy self Deputy odam was Grover Ryes neighbor
(B) Blessed are the peace makers for they shall see GOD ( I think Deputy Odam was a peace maker as he was a peace officer of the law) and killing cats is not a death sentence!
(C) Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain MERCY
I pray for the Odam family that GOD give them peace there son shouldnt have been shot and killed 4 times for killing there nighbors cats. When Groover Rye passes away may GOD judge him even as Groover Rye Judged Deputy Odam and GOD can see into Groover Ryes heart as a human Jury cant. This all could have been avoided and the odam family has a right to justice even if they didnt get it in a court of law. They should sue Groover Rye for wrongful death and if it were my son i would take matters in to my own hand.(13) As a veteran of both gulf wars I want to say Groover Rye is a yellow belly Coward, has no honor, and deserved to be jailed for life for the murder of Deputy Odam and the people who loved cats more than human life on this blog or website here you make me sick FIND GOD OR JOIN THE WICKED WHEN CHRIST RETURNS.
Wayne Roberts

Marion, NC

#15 Jan 16, 2010
I HAVE LOST FAITH IN MANKIND PART 1

I HAVE LOST FAITH IN MANKIND! and cant wait until JESUS comes back and separates the Righeous from the Wicked. I am from Laurens SouthCarolina and watched this case on TV Live in sessions court.
THESE ARE THE FACTS OF THIS CASE:
(1) Deputy Odam was a Veteran of our Military and a Deputy Sheriff who swore a oath to protect and serve the citizens of his state of SouthCarolina and his Country not Stray Cats or Pets or Animals!
(2) Deputy Odam killed the cats on his neighbors property and had he been caught doing this he would have been a convicted felon, lost his job in law enforcement forever and probaly would have done some jail time for cruelty to animals as this is illegal in South Carolina. Never would have beeen allowed to vote or own a gun again!
(3) Deputy odam was 22 yrs old a little imature at that age as he was a young man as we all probaly was at that age. Grover Rye was 57 years old at the time he killed Deputy odam. Grover rye had 35 years of Knowledge, wisdom, understanding and self growth on Deputy Odam.
(4) Grover Rye Knew who was killing his cats from the start but didnt have the proof to give to the police and admitted it on court Tv.
(5) If grover rye who is a Regular Deer Hunter would have placed deer cameras out around those cats or a $50 dollar camera from walmart he would have had proof to give to police and Deer hunters know what Deer Cameras are they work very well!
(6) Grover Rye showed no remorse in killing Deputy Odam over those cats and you heard this on Court Tv on the 911 call!
(7) In the Eyes of our FATHER GOD ALMIGHTY no animal or pet and even all the animals on this planet is worth the life of one(1) man or woman as we are the sons and Daughters of the most High. GOD loves his animals though! but loves mankind more more as HE died for us! GOD wasnt nailed to a cross for animals!
(8) If groover Rye had knocked on the door of Deputy odam and asked him to stop or went to his supervisor at the police department this would have not have happened also.

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#16 Jan 17, 2010
If Odom hadn't been doing what he was doing, none of this would have happened. Since the second trial cleared Mr. Rye,I've had my faith restored. Anyone who abuses animals or condones it is a brick or two shy of a load. My. Rye reported all this to the cops over and over again, but they failed to assist him. This wasn't about slaughtering cats. Odum was on someone else's property, and he had a weapon (an assault rifle, no less). Most serial killers start off by abusing/killing animals. You can tell a great deal about a person simply by noting their lack of empathy or compassion for a helpless animal. Once I recognize the type, I have no use for them. Overzealous Bible-thumping hypocrites are another sector of society that I avoid at all costs.
Wayne Roberts

Boone, NC

#17 Jan 17, 2010
Wink202 you are definately not a christian or GOD fearing person because if you were, you would know that animals all the animals on the planet are not worth the life of one man or woman in the eyes of GOD. What deputy odam did was wrong he trespassed on a mans property and killed his cats but this is not a death sentence or a right to defend his property by shotting him down. Everyone with common sense knows that law enforcement people are not serial killers or murders they become lawenforcement officers to protect and help mankind.(They are peace makers)
(2) This was about cats Groover Rye is a animal enthusiast just like you who belives there lives are worth the same as a human beings. and that you can kill someone to protect animals.
(3) In every county in the country the police are over loaded with work there is not enough law enforcement officers because of a budget in the small town i live at there are 10 city cops that deal with 400 police reports every month all have to be investigated and half of these are big crimes like armed robbery, rape, child molestation.
(4) Grover Rye as you saw on court sessions is a smart and clever man why didnt he put deer cameras out or cameras, everyone in southcarolina knows that if these boys wanted to kill groover rye they would have done so from the start..
(5) serial killers start from cruelty to animals lol you are a couple courts short arent you. Have you forgotten that your grandparents in there day of living used to farm and hunt there food. Every child who has owned a BB gun has target shooted Squirels and anything else that was a animal moving target.
(6) every year deer hunters in south carolina and in the southern and northern states go deer hunting most people dont own land. they usualy hunt on someone elses land and mostly trespass doing it. So do I go and kill these deer hunters because they have assault rifles becuase they are trespassing and killing deer on my property. These are poor defenseless animals here who have done nothing to them.
(7) Bottom line that boy was gunned down in cold blood Deputy odam was a hero for his service to him state and should not have been shot in the back 3 times with a world war 1 (M1 carbine assault rifle) Groover rye is a cold blooded murderer and the odam family should sue him for wrongful death and the federal government should retry Groover rye for the murder of a law enforcement officer.
(8) no way that a trained deputy sherrif would shoot and miss 3 times at a slow running 58 year old groover rye. he didnt miss those moving cats he was shooting at and they are 15 times half the target size as Groover rye. Groover rye is a lier, a cold blooded murderer, has no honor and a coward and so is anyone who believes that animals are worth more than the life of human being. FIND GOD OR JOIN THE WICKED WHEN CHRIST RETURNS WINK202.
Larry

Clovis, CA

#18 Jan 18, 2010
pat fore wrote:
i'm trying to figure out how they convicted him the first time. please comment on this for me.
the defense atty. said in an interview that the first jury was always falling asleep ,,,, that statement came from the mouth of the defense atty. sad to know a jury just goes to sleep wow!!!..
Pete L

San Diego, CA

#19 Jan 18, 2010
To Wayne:

1) If I were supposed to see the world through the eyes of God, he wouldn't have given me my own pair.

2) If I had no pets and lived alone, and if a person entered my property, vandalized, burglarized and discharged a weapon (.22 or assault rifle, makes no difference), I would unquestionably and immediately prevent the possibility of that person continuing the threat, now or in the future. Since I was 506th ESFS, USAF, I can assume that it was your tax dollars which trained me the place a "warning" shot behind the ear.
Pete L

San Diego, CA

#20 Jan 18, 2010
P.S:
Not a single one of the seven items you listed are "facts of the case". In my experience, fundamentalists of any religion (Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, etc.) tend to be extremists, and extremists tend not to see themselves as such.
In any event, one can argue ad nauseum about the fact that man's law should be "God's law". It is not, and as a result, the case was tried in a court of law rather than a church.
That is a fact of the case.
Pete L

San Diego, CA

#21 Jan 18, 2010
Again, to Larry:
"They should sue Groover Rye for wrongful death and if it were my son i would take matters into my own hands."........
The time to take matters into your own hands is long before your kids start acting like sociopaths, Sherlock.

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