A South Carolina woman accused of suffocating her children then strapping them into a car that was later found in a river will plead not guilty to murder charges at an initial court hearing Wednesday, her attorney said.
Shaquan Duley is scheduled to make her first court appearance Wednesday afternoon. She faces two counts of murder in the deaths of her two toddler sons, the Orangeburg County sheriff said. Police identified the dead children as Ja’van T. Duley, age 1, and Devean C. Duley, 2. The funeral for the children will be Friday morning.
Attorney Carl B. Grant said he hasn’t had a chance to review all the evidence. He said he has met with Duley several times and described her as “distraught, depressed, sad and solemn.”
Investigators said Duley, 29, was unemployed, single and apparently fed up with criticism from her mother when she allegedly smothered her children, strapped their lifeless bodies into car seats and submerged her car in a river.
Meanwhile, officials released 911 calls from witnesses.