Crime & Courts

Bond hearing set for son accused of killing Rock Hill lawyer

The son of Rock Hill criminal defense attorney O. Cyrus Hinton, charged Sunday night with killing his father, is scheduled to be in court for a bond hearing Friday morning to determine if he can be released to attend his father’s funeral.

Osiris Hinton, 23 – who allegedly told police “I shot my father!” – is charged with murder in a killing that has shocked the York County legal community that knew and worked with Cyrus Hinton, 47, who practiced here for 17 years but lived in Spartanburg.

Hinton’s former law partner and one of his closets friends, Spartanburg lawyer and Spartanburg County Councilman Michael Brown, is representing Hinton’s son, at least through Friday’s bond hearing.

The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. in front of visiting Circuit Court Judge R. Scott Sprouse of Walhalla, said Murray Glenn, a spokesman for the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Spartanburg.

Efforts to reach Brown for comment were unsuccessful Tuesday.

No new details in the case are available, said Lt. Kevin Bobo of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Osiris Hinton had no criminal record before being charged with his father’s murder.

Cyrus Hinton had been dealing with his son’s behavior and disciplinary issues, said Twana Burris-Alcide, a Rock Hill lawyer and one of Cyrus Hinton’s closest friends in legal circles. Other lawyers who knew Cyrus Hinton also said that he had been dealing with his son’s behavior and mental state, but what effect, if any, those problems had on the killing remains unclear.

Police have not released a motive. A handgun was recovered at the scene.

Records show that Osiris Hinton once had been a student at Alabama A&M University and a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity – the same fraternity of which his father was a member. Cyrus Hinton continued to be active in alumni work with the fraternity before his death.

The death of Hinton, a sole practitioner, with scores of cases ranging from murders to Department of Social Services contract clients, means that a receiver will be appointed Wednesday by the S.C. Supreme Court to oversee Hinton’s office, said Lesley Coggiola, disciplinary counsel for the S.C. Commission on Lawyer Conduct, which handles situations where lawyers die leaving open cases.

It remains unclear who will end up representing people in those pending cases, including two high-profile murder cases in Chester County scheduled for hearings this week.

Hinton was the lawyer for Marqueas Buchanan, one of three men accused of murder for hire in the 2013 death of Jimmie Paul. Buchanan, in jail for two years, was scheduled to be in court Thursday.

Hinton also was representing Christopher Moore, the alleged shooter among five gang members charged with the November killing of Chester City Councilman Odell Williams.

Moore, jailed since November, was scheduled for a bond hearing Thursday.

Funeral arrangements for Cyrus Hinton are incomplete.

Andrew Dys •  803-329-4065