Police: Cell phone records link suspect to New Year's day murder

Police: Cell phone records link suspect to New Year's day murder

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - One of the suspects in a pair of New Year's Day murders became a possible suspect after his cell phone records showed he was nearby at the time. That's according to court affidavits released on Friday.

According to the affidavit, Montreal Ford was also spotted in a car circling one of the victim's homes before the shooting.

When interviewed by North Charleston Police a few days after the shootings. Ford said he was at a home on Lenape Street at the time of the shooting.

Ford is one of two men charged in the New Year's Day shootings that left 52 year old Janet Royal and another woman dead, and a third woman wounded.

Police say the shootings started over a fight at a nightclub on New Year's Eve.

North Charleston Police say Ford fired the fatal shots into Royal's home in retaliation for his mother being shot. Friday at Ford's bond hearing, Janet Royal's loved ones wore specially made t-shirts to honor her.

Royal's cousin says they were hoping the day would come when an arrest would be made.

"When we got the call yesterday, there were tears of joy. Only thing we can do now is pray and hope for a conviction," Kenya Royal said.

Ford was already in jail in connection with a shooting at a North Charleston nightclub back in March.

On Friday morning, a magistrate denied bond on the murder charge.

The man accused of shooting and wounding Ford's mother on New Year's Day is behind bars in Georgetown County on an unrelated charge.

Jimmie Harris also is accused of firing into a third home on that day, killing 49 year old Debra Randall Martin.

No word when Harris will have his bond hearing on the murder charge.

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