Bluffton man jailed in fatal shooting charged with pot possession

pdonohue@beaufortgazette.comJanuary 20, 2012 

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A 31-year-old Bluffton man accused of a fatal Christmas Eve shooting was charged Friday with smuggling marijuana into jail, according to authorities.

Andrew Bogart turned himself in at the Beaufort Police Department and faces one felony count of contraband possession after guards found marijuana in his shoe Jan. 7, said Phil Foot, Beaufort County Detention Center director.

"Our staff smelled the odor of marijuana in his cell, so we searched his cell, then searched his person," Foot said. "We found the marijuana lodged in his shoe. It was under the tongue part of his sneaker. It was a very small amount. We aren't sure how he got it into the facility. He wouldn't tell us that."

Bogart was released Jan. 8 on a $50,000 bond for the involuntary manslaughter charge -- before a warrant could be issued on the drug charge, Foot said. He was arrested Jan. 3 for allegedly shooting 25-year-old Adrian Hilliard in Bluffton on Christmas Eve.

He faces up to five years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter. The marijuana charge carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 10 years and a $10,000 fine, according to state law.

Bogart was again freed from jail Friday after posting $5,000 bond, according to authorities.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has said the shooting was an accident and that Bogart, Hilliard and two other men were drinking, using drugs and passing around Bogart's gun at Hilliard's home on Jade Stone Court when it went off in Bogart's hand.

Hilliard was shot in the head. He died later that morning at the Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, according to authorities.

Hilliard's family later presented a toxicology report that said Hilliard had trace amounts of marijuana in his blood but no alcohol.

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