A man who survived several gunshots during a home invasion last month in Ravenel led authorities to the man who killed his fiancee during the same burglary, according to arrest affidavits.
James Torrez Wright, 24, of Savannah faces charges in connection with the July 13 shooting death of Latorria D. Heyward, 24, at the Three Oaks Mobile Home Park at 6386 Savannah Highway.
Wright was arrested Aug. 4 in Georgia and was later extradited. He remained in Charleston County's jail Wednesday after a bond hearing, during which a magistrate could not set his bail.
"I'm glad justice was served," Heyward's mother, Latonia Heyward, said after the hearing. "I'm happy."
Heyward's fiance, Jerry Simmons, 29, told deputies from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office that he had seen Wright on July 12, the day before the slaying, at a Dorchester County nightclub, according to arrest affidavits. Simmons knew him as "Boogie," the documents stated.
Around 2 a.m. July 13, the affidavits stated, Wright and another man kicked in the front door of the couple's mobile home and went down a hallway to a bedroom, where Heyward was sleeping.
She was shot in the chest and later died at a hospital. Simmons also was hit at least three times, but he survived.
Loved ones of Heyward's and Simmons' filled a courtroom for Wright's hearing Wednesday. Several wore shirts memorializing Heyward.
"Justice," Simmons' brother, Jeremy Chaplin, 32, of Hollywood, said as he raised his arms outside the courtroom. "That's all I have to say. Justice."
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