Authorities seek information in unsolved murder cases

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities in the cities of Charleston and North Charleston and in Charleston County hope the final days of the year could lead to arrests in some unsolved murders from 2010.

Charleston Police investigated 10 homicides this year, and four remain unsolved. North Charleston Police investigated nine homicides this year, and four remain unsolved. Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies responded to eight and two are unsolved.

In Charleston, police say the killing of 29-year-old Luther Taylor was the first of the year. It happened in April. They say he had a gunshot wound to the head and was found lying on his stomach on America Street.

August was a deadly month in the city. Two murders remain unsolved. Police say 36-year-old Darron Heyward was shot multiple times and found dead on Wolfe Street. Police say he had a North Charleston address and a lengthy arrest record.

Police say about a week after the Heyward shooting, 20-year-old Travis Anderson was fatally shot on Norman Street. They say he was pronounced dead on the scene in the west side neighborhood.

Following this shooting police and the mayor came together asking people to come forward with information. "We have assets available to us, that should we need to offer protection to anyone who has information about these two murders we would be in a position to do that," Police Chief Greg Mullen said.

In September a man was found dead in front of the Saint John's Episcopal Church on Hanover Street. Police say the victim, 67-year-old John Jenkins had been shot to death.

North Charleston Police say on May 19, 31-year-old Angelo President was shot on Riverview Avenue. His family says he was shot in the stomach, and then he stumbled home and collapsed on his kitchen floor.

His family offered a cash reward for information on his killer or killers.

"To leave us devastated and leave his children behind, words can't describe how I'm feeling right now," President's mother, Tessie Bush said. "When he came in he said call 911, they shot me. They, meaning more than one."

Just days later on May 22, the coroner says 44-year-old Andrew Clavadetscher died of blunt force trauma to the head. North Charleston Police say it happened at 2460 Remount Rd.

On Sept. 2 a man was found shot to death after a possible home invasion at 6520 Dorchester Rd. Police say 22-year-old Jhovan Hamilton died of a gunshot wound at the Saint James Crossing Apartments.

Residents called it a wake up call for police to do more patrolling.

"Now with the shooting and somebody getting killed, I feel we need more police around and at least security," a resident said.

In early December, police made a gruesome discovery in a car. They found the body of 21-year-old Isaac Washington in an abandoned Nissan Altima on O'Hear Avenue, dead from a gunshot wound. Neighbors told police they saw the Altima being followed by a blue SUV earlier that day.

Charleston County Sheriff's office has two unsolved homicides of the year. They say Chad Brown was killed at the Knights of Pythias Hall on Belgrade Avenue, and Rasha Porter was killed at his home in Burbage Mobile Home Park in Charleston County.

All the cases are being investigated, and if you have any information about these crimes call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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