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Suspect arrested in deadly home invasion

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

One of the two men suspected of shooting -- and killing -- a woman in a College Park home invasion on July 29 has been arrested.

Eric Tramaine Heard was apprehended Tuesday, and booked into the Clayton County Jail, according to Clayton Police Chief Jeff Turner. Heard was charged with murder and criminal, attempted armed robbery, Turner said.

Shereecka PItts, 22, was shot, police say, after two men knocked on her door and demanded money, at the home located in the 1500 block of Norman Crossing, in College Park.

When Pitts answered the door, the two men searched the home, and at some point, Pitts was shot twice, according to police. Pitts' two young children, and her 17-year-old sister, were in the house at the time, according to police. They were not injured in the shooting.

Turner said Heard was arrested at his home in Atlanta. He said Clayton County Police detectives developed information that Heard was a suspect in the case, and that he had an Atlanta address.

"Through the cooperation of the A.P.D. (Atlanta Police) SWAT Team, they hit the house for us, and affected the arrest," Turner said. "We executed a search warrant and turned up about five pounds of marijuana, and approximately $3,000," he said.

Turner said a search warrant executed on the victim's home in College Park did not turn up anything significant to the case.

"Detectives have done an excellent job in the case, and are following up on leads in reference to the second suspect," said Turner.

Police had earlier released composite sketches of both suspects. The suspect still at-large is described as a black male, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, with a Mohawk haircut, with designs shaved into the sides of his head.

Heard had a first appearance hearing in Clayton County Magistrate Court Wednesday, according to court records.

He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Aug. 18, court records show.

Anyone with information in the case, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (404) 577-8477.