Victim's brother, 2 others arrested after woman killed by vehicle during fight


Three Sumter residents have been arrested in connection to a dispute on April 28 that led to 30-year-old Erica Singletary of Sumter being struck and killed by a vehicle.

According to Tonyia McGirt, public information officer for the Sumter Police Department, the following have been arrested:

Deyonte Singletary, 29, turned himself in Wednesday after warrants were issued for his arrest. He is charged with attempted murder, discharging a weapon into a vehicle, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Sheila Juanita Deschamps, 40, is accused of being the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed Singletary. She was arrested Thursday and charged with reckless homicide.

Latrell Maria Jennings, 34, was arrested Thursday and charged with obstruction of justice after reportedly misleading officers regarding the details of the fatal crash.

All three are being held at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.

According to McGirt, several acquaintances were present during the incident that began after 11:15 p.m. April 28 on the 200 block of Royal Street near Brand Street.

Reports indicate Deyonte Singletary and his sister, Erica, were arguing with Deschamps and Jennings before the incident turned violent and shots were fired. At some point during the dispute, Erica Singletary was struck and killed by a vehicle.

An investigation is continuing. Police are asking that anyone who was was at the incident and might have seen something to call (803) 436-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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