A 25-year-old Orangeburg man is facing a murder charge in the death of 68-year-old Bobby Huggins on Feb. 10.

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety officers on Thursday charged James Albert Whaley Jr. of 762 Alether Street with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

According to Whaley’s arrest warrants, he allegedly used a 9mm handgun to shoot Huggins several times.

Tyekiva Harvin, 18, of the Orangeburg and Wedgefield areas, appeared for her arraignment on a murder charge on Saturday.

She was 17 when she allegedly struck Huggins in the head with a hammer inside the bedroom of his Murray Road apartment.

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

That’s when authorities believe Whaley fired multiple shots at Huggins.

Whaley’s warrants alleged that he and Harvin fled Huggins’ apartment together

Huggins died while undergoing surgery for his injuries.

Warrants also state that Harvin told police that Whaley was at the scene.

Harvin “did give a video statement and identified the defendant in a six-person photo lineup provided” by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division, a warrant said.

Whaley is scheduled to appear for his arraignment at 2 p.m. Friday at the Orangeburg Municipal Court. After his arraignment, ODPS Director Mike Adams will hold a press conference about the case.

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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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