Summerville -- A woman accused of trying to run over a repo man last month was ordered held over for trial on an attempted murder charge Friday.
Jaunima Taniqua Porter, 32, of Summerville has been in Dorchester County Detention Center since she was arrested July 21. She is accused of trying to kill 32-year-old Vincent Sclafani, a tow-truck driver for Coastal Recovery Services, by running into him repeatedly with a car he was trying to repossess.
Sclafani, his relatives and supporters took up an entire bench in a front row of Magistrate Frederick Newton's courtroom, but they did not say anything during or after the preliminary hearing.
The incident began shortly before midnight July 20 when Sclafani tried to repossess a car at an apartment on Timber Lane off Trolley Road.
Dorchester County sheriff's Detective Rick Carson testified that witnesses told deputies they heard Porter and Sclafani arguing and that Porter used the car to strike Sclafani several times until he landed on the hood, at which point she drove away with him clinging to the hood.
Responding deputies found Porter and the car more than four miles away from the apartment. Sclafani was found near a stop sign about a quarter of a mile down Trolley Road. Sclafani appeared sick and confused and said he didn't know where he was or how he got there, Carson said.
Carson said Sclafani was too sick to be interviewed at the hospital. But in later interviews, "He told me he cannot remember anything about the incident," Carson said.
About four hours after the incident, Carson interviewed Porter, he said. "She told me she knew he was there to repossess the car because she had a title loan and wasn't able to make the payment." According to police reports, the car in question belonged to Porter's roommate.
During cross-examination, Porter's lawyer, Sharon Capers, asked whether Sclafani "jumped onto her hood in an attempt to prevent her from leaving" the complex.
"That's what she said," Carson replied.
Capers also asked the detective if Sclafani's blood alcohol level had been taken at the hospital or if there were tests taken to determine if he had been taking drugs.
The prosecutor objected and Newton sustained the objection.
Capers asked that the charge be changed from attempted murder to assault and battery with intent to kill. Newton denied the request and ordered that Porter be held for trial on the charge of attempted murder.
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