Murder victim's family reacts to suspect in bond court
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A North Charleston man will stay in jail following his bond hearing. Montreal Ford was charged with murder and a weapons charge in the death of Janet Royal on Jan. 1.
"Ever since Jan. 1, my life has never been the same," cried Keyonia Royal inside Charleston County bond court.
She stood next to a crime victim's advocate as the man accused of killing her mother stood motionless. Montreal Ford is charged with murder and a gun-related crime in the death of Janet Royal.
"Your bond on the weapons charge is $100,000. The murder is no bond," explained Judge Linda Lombard.
Outside the courtroom, family members admitted they began to lose hope in police making an arrest in Royal's murder.
"I was discouraged because I'm just now known to the fact that most cases don't get solved. Black on black crimes don't get solved and it's sad that it doesn't. I mean, it takes a little time. But I just.. I'm blessed that it happened for us," said Theresa Royal, the victim's cousin.
"When we got the call yesterday it was tears of joy. The only thing we can do now is pray and hope for a conviction," said Kenye Royal, another cousin of the victim and goddaughter.
Since the shooting, Kenye Royal says her family wears T-shirts with photos of Janet Royal, the woman who police say Montreal Ford killed as retaliation just hours before a holiday gathering.
"We usually wear them like on Sundays when we have dinners at each other's house as more like a memorial. We just made it like more of a memorial because we were supposed to went to her house on New Year's but we never made it there," explained Kenye Royal.
Even though charges are filed in this case, the Royal family still looks for healing.
"There will never be a day that we will ever forget," said Kenye Royal.
A circuit court judge still needs to decide a bond for Montreal Ford on his murder charge. The other murder suspect, Jimmie Harris, is still in the Georgetown County Detention Center on federal charges.