CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- The Charleston Police Department (CPD) on Thursday announced that one person has been charged with murder in connection to a July 20 double-homicide.
William Green (22) is being charged with two counts of murder and one count of armed robbery for fatally shooting Ravin Smalls and Taiwan Green.
Smalls’ mother, Lesley Kelley, found the two 24-year-olds inside a shed on Bethlehem Drive after returning home from work.
“I didn’t deserve to find my child like that, not like that, Lord,” Kelley told News 2 back in July. She said the last time she spoke with her son was over the phone that afternoon.
“It was two something that day; we spoke on the phone and then 2:20- 2:30 he texts back, then I texted him, again no response – then tried to call when I got home, straight to voicemail. I try to text no response,” she recalled.
Kelley says when she got home from work, she went out back to look for her son. That’s when she found their bodies.
Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds said it took them weeks to find Green, but he is finally being brought to justice.
During Thursday’s press conference, friends and family remembered the victims. Smalls’ pastor says that he was involved in music and the church before his death.
“He was moving towards gospel. He wanted to record a gospel video at our little church on John’s Island. We were working to pull that together. Unfortunately, that will never happen. Unless maybe we can do something as a memorial to him,” said Rev. Ronald Moock, Pastor at Promiseland Church.
Chief Reynolds emphasized his desire to curb violence across the Lowcountry.
“It’s about the story and the families and the people who are affected. Everyone of us shares this responsibility, every one of us in the police, sheriff’s department, federal, state, local. Everybody’s working hard on this violence problem.”
Both the family and Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry offered a reward for information that led to an arrest in this case.