Bond denied for Ravenel murder suspect captured in Georgia

Deputies investigating fatal shooting in Ravenel
Latorria Heyward (Photo Source: Tammie Wright)
Latorria Heyward (Photo Source: Tammie Wright)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A judge denied bond Wednesday morning for a Ravenel murder suspect captured by US Marshals in Georgia.

James Torrez Wright was booked into the Al Cannon Detention Center Tuesday afternoon for the July 13 murder of Latorria Heyward.Approximately 50 members of Heyward's family attended the hearing wearing memory shirts with Heyward's picture. The family members pleaded with the judge not to allow Wright to contact them if he were to get out of jail and the judge agreed and issued a "No Contact" order.

"I don't even know them," Wright responded.

Wright had been captured on Aug. 4 by the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Savannah.

Deputies responded to a home on Savannah Highway at the Three Oaks Mobile Home Park to investigate a report of a shooting. According to deputies, two men forced their way into the home and began demanding money from a male victim and his girlfriend, identified as Heyward.

The sheriff's office says multiple gun shots were fired inside the residence, and both victims sustained gunshot wounds. Heyward was pronounced dead at the scene.

"I'm at a loss for words because you just wouldn't wish this on anyone," a neighbor said. "She didn't deserve to die like that."

According to neighbors, Heyward had two young children who were fortunately not home at the time of the incident.

The male victim in the shooting was transported to the Medical University of South Carolina to be treated for his injuries.

Wright had been held at the Chatham County Detention Center until he was extradited to South Carolina.

Investigators with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office say they still consider the case active and are also seeking help from the public in identifying additional suspects involved in this crime.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office at (843) 202-1700 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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