Police: Teenage girl pulled trigger in North Romney St. murder

Cephus Mitchell, left, and Vashty West
Cephus Mitchell, left, and Vashty West
Cephus Mitchell, left, and Vashty West
Cephus Mitchell, left, and Vashty West

CHARLESTON, SC - By Harve Jacobs  bio | email | Twitter

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police say a 17-year-old girl pulled the trigger in a murder at a downtown Charleston apartment complex.

Vashty West, 17, is charged with murder in the August 21 shooting death of Jamar Gathers. Police say Gathers, 28, was shot in the head and was found dead in a breezeway at the Bridgeview Apartments in North Romney Street.

A second suspect, Cephus Mitchell is also charged with murder. Mitchell, 18, is on probation for strong armed robbery, according to authorities.

Fourteen of the victim's family members attended the bond hearing. Gathers' mother addressed the court.

"I just want you to know that every day it breaks my heart," Ruth Gathers said. "Every day it's hurting me real bad when they killed my son."

A magistrate denied bond for both defendants on the murder charge. Under state law, only a circuit judge can set bond for murder.

Police would like to thank all of the citizens who came forward with important and valuable information, which helped police make the arrests. Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley pleaded with citizens to come forward with information during a press conference Monday.

Police are still investigating the murder and are also still looking for a suspect in the second murder that occurred in downtown Charleston on Saturday.

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