Arrests made in 'cold blooded' murders
Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:13:24 GMT —
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WACH) - Two men have been arrested on multiple charges in connection with a double murder that occurred last month.
Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrests "in connection with one of the most cold blooded murders he has ever seen" with the Richland County Sheriff's Department Tuesday morning.
Lott says William Anthony Wallace, 27, and DeAndre Leoroy Diggs, 36, are charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, 3 counts of kidnapping and two counts of armed robbery.
According to authorities, Wallace was arrested near Bush River Road and Interstate 26 on June 28 around 4 p.m. and Diggs was arrested at a location on Sunset Boulevard around 10 a.m. on July 5. Both men were arrested by the Richland County Sheriff's Department Fugitive Task Force after the department received tips from the community.
"We have two people that were executed, one of them even being tortured, and we had a third victim that was taken in a wooded area and they thought they had executed her, they had actually shot her in the head, but she was able to survive," said Lott.
The sheriff said that a deputy on patrol was flagged down by a motorist near Bluff Road who found a 24-year-old woman with severe injuries to her head around 12 p.m. on June 28. The female victim told the deputy of other possible victims located on Garners Ferry Road before she was transported to a local hospital.
Deputies responded to the Deer Meadows Apartment complex on Garners Ferry Road and found two male victims inside an apartment. The men had been tortured and shot in the head, according to Lott. The victims were also taken to a local hospital where they died.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the male victims as Athell Johnson, 24, and Jamall Pratt, 23.
"We believe they were after a large quantity of money that didn't exist," said Lott, who also thinks drugs were involved in the incident.
All three victims were shot in the head execution style. The female victim was released from the hospital and is expected to recover from her injuries, but she is in protective custody due to a threat made against her life.
"We're going to make sure that she's okay. We're going to protect her," said Lott.
Wallace and Diggs were transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.