Relatives say suspect came to Timmonsville family's home twice on day of shooting
Timmonsville, S.C. (WPDE) —
Relatives of a family that had three members shot to death and two seriously wounded from gunshot wounds said the suspect showed up at the family's Timmonsville home twice on the morning of the shooting.
Antwain L. Adams, 35, is accused of shooting the family at their home on Chaney Grove Road outside of Timmonsville early Thursday morning.
Adams is charged with three counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.
Florence County Magistrate Belinda Timmons arraigned him on the charges Friday morning, but said his bond have to be said by a circuit court judge.
Adams didn't say much during the hearing, but did shed tears.
Deputies said Adams shot and killed Cheresse Jackson, 39, and her two daughters who have now been identified as Breyanna Priscilla Jackson, 12, and Nykerria Shanyia Jackson, 14.
Jackson's 43-year-old husband and 8-year-old daughter were also shot and survived.
Jackson's mother Priscilla LaViscount said her her son-in-law was shot three times and is in stable condition.
LaViscount said her little granddaughter is doing fine.
Both remain in the hospital.
LaViscount said Adams showed up at the family's home twice Thursday morning.
"He had a chance, he left. And came back to the house," said LaViscount.
She said it was hard to be in court and face the man accused of taking her family's life, but she holds no heat for him.
"It could've been animosity. Hate. Or almost anything. But because I love the Lord. And because I want to see Jesus when I leave this world, I know that my family is in a better place. I just want to know why. "I have to forgive him. I have to forgive him because I want to see Jesus," said LaViscount.
She said she's never met Adams, but has seen him before.
LaViscount said prayer will get her family through this tough time and holding on to precious memories of her granddaughters killed in the shooting.
"Breonna, the 12-year-old. All of them went to Brockington Elementary school in Timmonsville where I am one of the teacher's aides in the special-needs class. And Breonna is very outgoing. She loves to sing, dance. They love to take pictures of me when I'm sleep 'say grandmama you just go to sleep and then they laugh about it. The oldest one Nikeria was more quiet. And meek. I called her lazy all the time. They love their telephones and I'm this and that. And there are lotta members of different organizations," said LaViscount."
She also shared memories of her daughter.
"We had our ups and downs. But she was my first born. And she would've been 40 August 10. She was outgoing as well. Everybody says we look alike, but all of my children look like me. She had a sweet spirit. Like I say, we had our ups and downs but through it all we are a loving. A loving family."
Adams next scheduled court appearance is Aug. 9.