Tyekiva Harvin

Tyekiva Harvin appears in court in Orangeburg on Saturday.

On Sunday, Tyekiva Harvin turns 18.

On Saturday, she appeared before Orangeburg Municipal Judge Virgin Johnson for an arraignment hearing on the charge of murder in the death of 68-year-old Bobby Scott Huggins on Feb. 10.

Johnson denied Harvin’s bond, which may be considered by a circuit court judge at a later time. She remains at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

Harvin, who told the court that she didn’t have a permanent address so she provided her mother’s address in Wedgefield, asked Johnson about the possibility of having her charge expunged.

“Being that I’m turning 18 tomorrow, and I’m basically found not guilty, can that charge be expunged or no?” she asked.

Johnson advised her to speak with her attorney, whether she hires one privately or uses a public defender.

Since Feb. 10, Harvin has been on the run.

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety investigators have been searching for her since Huggins’ death.

She has connections to Sumter, Florence and Myrtle Beach.

On Friday, ODPS officers, with the assistance of the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, took her into custody without incident, said Lt. Col. Ed Conner of ODPS.

According to ODPS Director Mike Adams, Huggins let Harvin stay at his Murray Road apartment from time to time because she was homeless.

Before he died, Huggins told police that “Ty,” one of Harvin’s nicknames, struck him in the head with a hammer, according to a police report.

Huggins told police that he chased Harvin into his living room.

It was at that point that an unknown man fired a handgun at him.

Then Harvin and the unknown man fled the apartment.

Bullets struck Huggins in his abdomen and thigh area.

He later died at the Regional Medical Center.

With Harvin now in custody, investigators are trying to follow leads that will help them identify the person who allegedly shot Huggins.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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