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Atlanta man faces trial
in home-invasion death

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

The case of an Atlanta man, accused of shooting and killing a College Park woman during a July home invasion, has been bound over to Clayton County Superior Court, according to Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson.

A preliminary hearing was held Tuesday for Eric Tramaine Heard in Clayton County Magistrate Court, Lawson said.

Heard is charged in the July 29 shooting death of Shereecka Pitts, 22.

Police say Pitts was shot after two men knocked on her door in the 1500 block of Norman Crossing, in College Park, and demanded money.

When Pitts answered the door, the two men allegedly 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, police said. They were not injured in the shooting.

The second suspect in the case is still at-large, Detective Chris Helton, of the Clayton County Police Department, said Tuesday.

Heard's case was bound over to Superior Court on murder, and criminal attempt armed robbery charges, Lawson said.

He was arrested on Aug. 4, with the assistance of the Atlanta Police SWAT Team, at his home in Atlanta, according to Clayton Police Chief Jeff Turner.

Police found about five pounds of marijuana and approximately $3,000 when they searched his residence during the arrest, Turner said.

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

Heard is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Friday at 8 a.m., according to Lawson.