Sheriff: Men bound and killed victims "execution style"
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott on Tuesday announced a second arrest in a double-murder he described as one of the "most brutal, cold-blooded murders we've had in Richland County in quite some time."
Lott said tips from the community led to the July 5 arrest of 36-year-old DeAndre Leroy Diggs in connection with a June 28 incident that left two men dead and a woman severely injured.
Diggs joins William Wallace, who was arrested the afternoon of the murders, in custody in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Both are charged with two counts of murder, one count attempted murder, three counts kidnapping, and two counts armed robbery.
Diggs and Wallace have long criminal backgrounds, according to the sheriff.
Investigators said just before noon on June 28, a driver flagged down a sheriff's deputy on patrol at Beckham Swamp and Bluff Roads. The driver found a 24-year-old woman who had been shot in the head.
The victim was able to give investigators the name of one of the suspects and alert them that two gunshot victims would be found inside an apartment in the 8100 block of Garners Ferry Road.
Deputies checked the apartment and found 23-year-old Jamal Pratt and 24-year-old Athell Johnson with gunshot wounds to the torso. They were taken to the hospital where they died.
Lott said the men, one of which was wheelchair-bound, were tied up and shot "execution-style." The sheriff said the suspects took the woman to a wooded area and shot her. They believed that they had killed her, but she survived, Lott said.
The woman, who is the girlfriend of one of the victims, is in protective custody because she's already had a threat against her life, the sheriff said.
According to investigators the suspects went to the apartment looking for drugs and money.
Lott thanked those who came forward to help deputies capture the suspects.
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