Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Exclusive: Murder Suspect Re-Arrested While Out on Bond

Paul Hett, the North Augusta man accused of beating his brother to death last year and leaving his body to rot, was re-arrested Monday on traffic charges.

North Augusta police stopped Mr. Hett Monday afternoon and discovered the murder suspect was driving under a suspended license, operating without insurance and carrying an altered vehicle license, according to jail records.

Until his arrest Monday, the accused killer had been free on $75,000 bond since November 28, 2008. He is currently being held in the Aiken County Detention Center.

Assistant Solicitor Steve Kodman told The Jail Report today that he anticipates Mr. Hett's murder case will go to trial early next year. "He was indicted for murder, and we intend to go forward," Mr. Kodman said.

Mr. Hett, 55, stands accused of bludgeoning his brother David with a wooden axe handle on Sept. 19, 2008, and leaving him to die on the victim's own living room floor. Three days later, a good friend of David Hett discovered his body, which was decomposed and surrounded by blood.

Friends of the victim said the brothers were apparently feuding about their mother's will. David was apparently left out of the will when their mother died, and Paul was going to get everything.

After Monday's arrest, a judge set his bond at $3,342. Mr. Hett will likely be allowed to go free on bond again if he meets the requirements of the smaller bond.

The Solicitor's Office would have to file a motion to revoke Mr. Hett's bond on the murder charge to keep him behind bars, but that is unlikely. A judge would be asked to consider the lack of a conviction in deciding on revocation, Mr. Kodman said.

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