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No parole for man who murdered his girlfriend

Stacie Bartro
November 21, 2019 - 10:20 am
Derrick Burnside, life prison sentence for murdering his girlfriend July 2018

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Security camera footage a significant factor in the conviction of a man responsible for a deadly domestic violence situation. 

46 year old Derrick Burnside will never walk as a free man again.

Judge Derham Cole ruled a life prison sentence without parole for shooting his former girlfriend to death outside Phresh Threadz in July 2018.

Wellford Police retrieved security footage from the business which showed Burnside and then girlfriend Latonya Richards arguing inside the store off Hwy 29.

Burnside pulled out a gun and shot her.  Richards went out to her car and while inside, Burnside shot her a second time, which killed her.  

Investigators say days earlier Richardson wanted to end the relationship. 

Burnside confessed to the shooting in a post-arrest interview. 

He was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center Sunday, where he is currently serving his time.

Derrick Burnside, life prison sentence for murdering his girlfriend July 2018
Spartanburg County


Official Press Release from Spartanburg County:


A Spartanburg man received a life prison sentence without parole today for shooting his former girlfriend to death.

Derrick Burnside, 46, pleaded guilty to murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime for the July 22, 2018 shooting death of Latonya M. Richards, 35, of Roebuck.

Richards’ body was found in a car parked in front of Phresh Threadz, a Highway 29 business.

The homicide occurred days after Richards told Burnside she wanted to end their relationship.

Wellford police found Richards’ body in the front seat of a white SUV.

A security camera recorded Burnside and Richards fighting inside the business before he brandished a handgun and shot her.

Richards retreated to her parked car in front of the business before she was shot a second time.

Burnside fled the crime scene after the shooting and wrecked his car on Irby Road near his Damson Plum Court home.

Burnside was taken into custody by the Highway Patrol and sheriff’s deputies. He confessed to the shooting in a post-arrest interview with investigators.

“This case is a good illustration of the deadly potential of domestic violence,” Solicitor Barry Barnette said. “Derrick Burnside schemed to take the life of a person he couldn’t be with any more.

“I hope he spends the balance of his life in prison thinking about the consequences of his pathetic actions,” Barnette added.

Burnside will serve every day of Circuit Judge Derham Cole’s prison sentence. He is not eligible for parole or early release.

His prior criminal record included 2 convictions for criminal domestic violence, second-degree burglary, grand larceny and false information to police.

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