Man sentenced for shooting mother and grandmother while ‘looking for Lucifer’

Anderson, South Carolina: The Anderson County Solicitor's Office has announced that 30-year-old Bradley Carter Aldrich has been sentenced to 40 years in jail after he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to tow counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

 

He was sentenced on Wednesday, December 8 by Judge Lawton McIntosh for the 2018 murders of his mother and grandmother.

 

According to the official records Aldrich had spent May 5, 2018 using methamphetamine and cocaine and then began "looking for Lucifer."

 

Just after 1 am on May 6, Aldrich shot Massey several times in the chest with a .22 caliber handgun. Witnesses reported that Aldrich was using drugs at the time of the shooting and speaking of two devils living inside of him.

 

As investigators looked into the early morning shooting, the bodies of 50-year-old Theresa Wright, Aldrich's mother, and 79-year-old Judith Calvert, his grandmother, were discovered in their home shortly before 3 pm. Aldrich had been living in a tent behind the home.

 

A toxicology report revealed that at the time of their deaths, both women had methamphetamine in their systems.

 

Theresa's body was found lying on the floor of the home having been beaten, stabbed, strangled and shot.

 

Judith's body was found lying in bed. She had been stabbed and shot.

 

When investigators initially spoke to Aldrich, he claimed that he had found the bodies of his mother and grandmother and blamed Massey for their deaths. He explained that this was why he had shot Massey.

 

Aldrich went on to say though, that if his DNA were to be found, he must have been the one that committed the crime.

 

Investigators did recover DNA evidence linking Aldrich to the murders. They recovered his DNA under the fingernails of his victims, and found their DNA as blood on the plants that he was wearing at the time of the arrest.