Bond denied for teen in pregnant girl's slaying

Loviet Nushawn Edwards, 15, accused last week in the fatal shooting of a pregnant teenager in Pepperidge subdivision, was denied bond Friday.

Wearing a blue jumpsuit and red sandals with socks, Edwards stood quietly as Assistant District Attorney Pittman Morris described how a fight between the defendant and the pregnant victim, 16-year-old Tykiah Palmer, ended in her death.

The incident occurred in the 2100 block of Ramblewood Drive on Feb. 17. Morris said Palmer was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and an emergency cesarean section was performed in an attempt to save the child. Palmer was 28 weeks pregnant.

She died at 7:15 p.m., and the child died 30 minutes later.

Edwards, a freshman at Butler High School, was a friend of the victim's 15-year-old brother and it was an argument between the two that eventually led to the fatal shooting. Edwards and the victim's brother had been play fighting when it escalated. Palmer and Edwards exchanged words; then Palmer slapped Edwards, who pulled a gun and shot her in the chest.

Neither the victim's nor the defendant's families were in the courtroom for the hearing. Edwards' attorney, Penelope Donkar, said the accused lived with his mother and grandmother. She said Edwards was a freshman at Butler High School. She told the judge she believed her client did not mean to shoot Palmer.

"It was a case that I truly believe will come out to be an accident," Donkar said.

Edwards surrendered to authorities Feb. 17 and is facing two counts of murder.

Judge Albert Pickett denied bond, calling Edwards a threat to the community.