- Associated Press - Saturday, January 25, 2020

ELGIN, S.C. (AP) - Two teenagers are in custody accused in the fatal shooting of a South Carolina man earlier this month.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office on Friday announced the arrests of a 17-year-old boy and Albertina Hattie Jolera Bennett, 18. They each face charges of murder in the death of Thomas Keitt Jr., 55, of Elgin, The State reported. It was unknown if either is represented by an attorney who could comment on their behalf.

The sheriff’s office did not say whether the younger suspect would be charged as an adult.

A passerby noticed a white Cadillac parked in a dirt and gravel lane in Lugoff on Jan. 15. Responding deputies found a man, later identified as Keitt, shot to death in the car. The Sheriff’s Office and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division began investigating. Tire marks appeared to show that another vehicle had been at the scene, investigators. said.

By the end of the day the Sheriff’s Office said Keitt’s shooting was not random and they did not think the public was in danger. Friday afternoon, Boan said the teenagers knew Keitt and the killing was planned or a targeted crime. Investigators believe Hyatt and Bennett were the only ones involved in the slaying.

A small group of Kershaw County residents and others who know the teens expressed disbelief at their arrests over social media, the newspaper reported. Some who said they were family members and former teachers remembered how the two were good students and showed potential.

Many also expressed condolences to Keitt’s family.

The teens face life in prison if convicted. If the killing was committed in connection with a robbery or certain other crimes they could face the death penalty.

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