Boy Charged in Peloquin Murder Appears in Court

Gloria Peloquin, murdered April 22.
Gloria Peloquin, murdered April 22.

A 16-year-old boy accused of murdering a Savannah woman appeared in court this morning. Kareem Petty is facing charges in the death of Gloria Peloquin.

"He's a punk kid who just don't have a clue about life," said Peloquin's widower, Leo. "He's going to get his, he's going to get his, cause he might get away with it here, but he's got to face his maker one day."

Leo wants justice done. His wife was murdered April 22 as she tried to escape her attacker. She'd been shopping at the Save-a-Lot on Montgomery Cross Road.

Petty, now charged with murder, told police two other stories before admitting that he tried to rob Peloquin after asking her for change. He says he pulled out a gun, but insists it accidentally went off.

Peloquin's widower is furious. "You don't go around murdering innocent women," Leo said. "He's over there bumming change off my wife, she's going to give him change, then he murders her."

Kareem Petty says he was put up to the crime by another man, Irving Fox. An image of Fox taken from the store's surveillance camera was broadcast at the time the investigation was beginning. Fox told police he was shopping, but Petty's attorney, Michael Schiavone, says he wants to look closer at his involvement.

"I have some serious questions in my mind about who pulled the trigger in the case," said Schiavone. "It's a tragedy and I've got the utmost sympathy for the victim's family, but it is important that the truth be found."

Police have interviewed Fox several times, but he has not been charged in connection with Gloria Peloquin's murder.

Although Kareem Petty is only 16 years old, he is being charged as an adult. No new court date has been set as of yet.

Reported by: Liz Flynn,