Sarah Springs begged the gunman not to shoot.
She’s pregnant, her children were in the house and she knew the man holding the gun was a parent himself. Those facts alone, she hoped, would convince him not to fire on her brother-in-law.
But Daquece Agurs, police say, didn’t heed her pleas last Thursday night.
“He blatantly looked in my face and fired that gun,” Springs told a municipal judge Wednesday morning in a Rock Hill courtroom. “He don’t have no remorse and he has a child.”
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Springs said she recognized him that night. Agurs, 21, denies it.
“She said she seen my face... she didn’t see my face,” Agurs said to Judge Dolores Williams. “Ain’t no way.”
Agurs is charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime in connection with a shooting at an East White Street home last Thursday. Also charged is 18-year-old Nasia Crosby of Rock Hill, who faces the same charges.
Both were charged on Tuesday.
Police say the two men shot Brian Lagrant White, 26, and Shann Jamar Hood, 28, while inside White’s home. White, authorities said, was shot in the arm and taken to Piedmont Medical Center and later released. Hood was shot twice – once in the leg and once in the chest – and airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center, where his brother said he required “special surgery” to save his life.
After court Wednesday, Nick McKinney, Hood’s brother, said the bullet pierced one of Hood’s organs and fractured his back. Hood now wears a back brace and remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit. Hood had gone to White’s house last week to “catch the game” before work.
Witnesses helped police piece together details of the shooting. No weapons were recovered from the house, but officers found a black scale used to weigh drugs at the crime scene, according to a Rock Hill police report. Employees at a nearby business also told authorities they found a similar-looking scale in their garden.
Wednesday morning, relatives of the victims and the suspects filed into a municipal courtroom. They sat and watched as officers escorted Crosby into the courtroom. He isn’t in school, he told Williams, and has never held down a job.
Mary Truesdale, Crosby’s aunt, tearfully apologized to the victims’ families.
“I’m sorry this happened,” she said, adding that she’s raised Crosby as her own since his father was murdered eight years ago. His mother dropped him off with relatives when he was 2 months old. Truesdale said she’s tried to steer her nephew down the right path.
“He’s gone through a lot,” she said of Crosby. “He needs help and he don’t want it and you can’t force it on him.”
Unlike his co-defendant, Agurs has a work history. Two years ago, he was paid “under the table” to perform landscaping jobs for an employer in Charlotte, he told Williams. How much money he made depended on “what we was doing.”
Williams denied bond for both suspects. They will appear before a Circuit Court judge for another chance at receiving bond. If they receive bond, a court order forbids them from contacting either victim’s family.
Springs said in court that when the suspects entered the house with guns drawn, she rounded the corner to pick up her son who was crawling on the floor. She asked the gunmen not to shoot because kids were in the house. They didn’t listen.
About Agurs, she said, “you have a child and you didn’t think about mine.
“As far as I’m concerned, I hope he gets what he deserves.”