A judge denied bond Thursday afternoon for three suspects in a Richland County human trafficking investigation.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department located three runaway teenage girls at a motel off of Broad River Road late Tuesday night. Deputies arrested Geordi Heyward, 23, and Kristopher Davis, 25, that night. Danielle Burns, 18, turned herself in to law enforcement the next day.
Davis asked Judge Barbara Wofford-Kanwat for leniency in deciding his bond. “All I do is work,” Davis said. “I’m no flight risk.”
Each of the suspects is slated for a first appearance in court July 25. Each one is charged with three counts of human trafficking. Heyward and Davis are charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Heyward is also charged with 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
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During a previous bond hearing Wednesday, before the suspects were charged with human trafficking, Heyward had been given a $75,000 bond and Davis a $30,000 bond.
Amy West-Willis, assistant solicitor with the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, asked Judge Caroline Streater to deny bond during the Wednesday hearing, but Streater said the law did not allow that for the delinquency and sexual conduct charges.
All of the suspects are confined in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.