Deputies: Woman accused of murdering Spartanburg man turns self in

The woman is accused of shooting and killing a 21-year-old man.
Published: Aug. 22, 2023 at 10:00 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2023 at 2:37 PM EDT
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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said deputies are investigating following a deadly shooting at an apartment complex near USC Upstate’s campus on Tuesday.

Deputies said they were called to 1200 College Pointe Lane around 9 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies found a man dead on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the head.

The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 21-year-old Tyquirez Rashad Sims.

After investigating, the sheriff’s office said the suspect’s car was located at another apartment complex in the city limits of Spartanburg.

According to deputies, the suspect, 23-year-old Zaria Aiyanna Owens, turned herself in early Wednesday morning. She attempted to make a self defense claim, but witness accounts, the forensic evidence, and inconsistencies in her statement didn’t support that argument, deputies said.

Zaria Aiyanna Owens
Zaria Aiyanna Owens(Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office)

Owens was arrested and taken to the detention center. She has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Bond for Owens was denied on Wednesday afternoon. During the hearing, the solicitor said Sims is the father to a 6-month-old baby. The solicitor said Owens stole Sims’ phone and gun before shooting him near her own child, a 2-year-old.

Owens also had active warrants from the Spartanburg Police Department for Assault and Battery by a Mob - Third Degree and Criminal Conspiracy.

Stay tuned for further details.

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