Bail denied for third suspect in Johns Island shooting death, beating

Denzel Marquis Heyward

A 20-year-old North Charleston man was denied bail during a hearing this morning in the shooting death of a Horry County man and beating of his brother on Johns Island earlier this month.

Denzel Marquise Heyward of Harvey Avenue faces charges of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.

Heyward’s attorney, Alex Apostolov of Charleston, said after the bail hearing that the facts of the case have been improperly represented. He declined to specify.

Apostolov said his client turned himself on Wednesday after legal consultation.

“We dispute some of the facts as they’ve been portrayed,” he said. “Right now, it’s just a very sad time for all involved.”

Heyward was the third person arrested in the incident May 16 on Cynthia Avenue. Dashaun Livaughn Simmons 19, of Delano Street in Charleston faces the same charges. Quansantrina Jaeureka Rivers, 22, of West Surrey Street in North Charleston is accused of driving a getaway car.

All three remain at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said the victims from Longs were in a black Mercedes and were meeting with Heyward and Simmons when an altercation started

Jujuain Hemingway, 17, was forced from the Mercedes and beaten. He later managed to run to safety. But Kadeem Chambers, 20, Hemingway’s half-brother, was shot as he sat behind the steering wheel. He died at a hospital.

Sheriff’s investigators have not discussed a motive for the slaying. They said a small amount of marijuana was found near the scene, but it could not be tied to any of those involved, according to sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady.

After the hearing, Hemingway’s mother embraced family members of Heyward’s and cried that her son and Chambers, whom she raised, were “innocent” and were needlessly attacked.

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Andrew Knapp is editor of the quick response team, which covers crime, courts and breaking news. He previously worked as a reporter and copy editor at Florida Today, Newsday and Bangor (Maine) Daily News. He enjoys golf, weather and fatherhood.