South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) officials have arrested John Gilbert Ludwig of Greenville and charged him with murder in the Maserati crash which took the life of Frederick William “Bill” Bardsley, 62, also of Greenville. Solicitor Bob Ariail in a noon news conference said, “The elements of murder are present in this case,” noting speed and the total disregard of the safety of others were factors in the murder charge. Ariail said no blood alcohol test was given at the scene of the crash, because there was no evidence that Ludwig had been drinking – “no articulable reason for the test.”
For background on this story, read the following DemWit posts:
“Lowdown on the Upstate,” 2 May 2009: LINK
“Maserati crash update,” 4 May 2009: LINK
“John Gilbert Ludwig update,” 5 May 2009: LINK
DemWit's post for today follows.