A judge has delayed ruling on bond for John Gilbert Ludwig, Jr., of Greenville, S.C., charged with murder in the death of William Frederick “Bill” Bardsley, 62, of Travelers Rest.
In a bond hearing at 9 a.m. Friday, some new facts came out:
* Ludwig had $10,000 cash in his possession when arrested at his sister’s Georgia home. The solicitor said Ludwig is a “flight risk.”
* According to the solicitor the Maserati “traveled 135 feet on the road and 342 feet onto grass in a field before there was any sign of braking.” (He did not indicate whether this information came from the vehicle's black box.)
* Reports say the car went airborne over a nine-foot embankment and was traveling at 65 mph when it crashed into the rear of the victim’s home.
Via closed-circuit television, Ludwig made the following statement, which, in my opinion, was strange and could be interpreted as offensive, but I’ll let the reader make that determination:
"For those who truly know me, they know that I'd give nothing short of my own life to bring Mr. Bardsley back. I hear his family's not there (at the bond hearing), but were they there, I want to say I'd give my full sorrows to them. I'm a man of action, and I'm not just going to have him in my thoughts and prayers, but he's going to live through the acts of me through the rest of my life. I can't say how sorry I am. Thank you."
“He’s going to live through the acts of me” is probably not an appropriate statement under the circumstances.
During the week DemWit was following this case, there was a great deal of interest. Some 500 visitors, not just from South Carolina, but from all over the country and as far away as China and Australia googled their way to this site. Ludwig owns a successful computer-related business with offices across the Southeast.
To read my previous posts on this case, use the “search blog” window above and put in “John Gilbert Ludwig.”
For the latest details in this case, here are two local articles: