A woman charged in a robbery attempt at a Conway store, where a man was shot to death by the store owner, has been indicted by an Horry County grand jury, according to court records.
Tamela Riggins, 30, of Loris was indicted on charges of attempted murder and attempted armed robbery, according to indictments released Wednesday.
Riggins was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center on March 6 and released the next day on $100,000 bail, according to records.
Horry County police charged Riggins after they were called about 10 p.m. March 5 to the Food Shop at 1300 U.S. 501 Business near Conway for an armed robbery. Police learned the business owner shot a man who attempted to rob him.
Coaty Santel Deas died from gunshot wounds in the attempted robbery, Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick said at the time.
Police said Riggins was the lookout and getaway driver for Deas, and an arrest warrant showed she fired several shots from a handgun during the incident.
Police said the store owner was walking to his vehicle when he saw a white Lexus parked across the street and it started to drive in reverse when he left the store after closing. The victim had pulled out a pistol and when he unlocked his car with a keyless entry, Deas jumped from behind the corner of the building with a pistol in his hand.
The store owner shot at Deas until his pistol was empty, police said. Then he removed a second pistol from his belt and shot at Deas until he was on the ground and not moving, the report said. The man returned to the store to call police and saw the Lexus slowly drive away.
Deas had been wearing latex gloves and a cloth over his face, police said. Riggins was arrested a short time later.
Witnesses, who live nearby, told police they heard several gunshots during the incident, but were unsure how many they heard, according to the report.
The clerk was not charged in the shooting, police said.
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