Neighbors react after suspected rapist indicted for Port Wentworth murder

Published: Aug. 14, 2014 at 3:10 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2014 at 2:51 AM EDT
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PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - People in Port Wentworth are still in shock after learning on Wednesday that Torrey Scott has now been charged with raping and killing a soldier's wife.

The indictment handed down on Wednesday described how Scott raped and then strangled 33-year-old Lisa Pynn in her Port Wentworth home in January.

Scott was living next door to Pynn, staying with his girlfriend when the crimes happened. Scott is also the suspect in the rape of two Savannah State students and a Candler Hospital nurse.

Now, Scott faces murder charges, and people in Port Wentworth are shocked.

"Knowing that someone that evil lives across the street from you, it is even more frightening to find out," said Melanie Leysath, who lived across the street from Scott.

Wednesday's news brought some closure and answers to a gruesome murder that happened earlier in 2014. Scott has been indicted for the rape and murder of Pynn. Pynn's six-year-old son found her body and tried to get help, but it was too late.

"It is very frightening because it shows how his evilness escalated from one thing to another, and you never know in cased like this if there is something else we do not know about," said Leysath.

While Port Wentworth Police have been quiet about this case, they have been working for months.

"There's nothing that I or anyone else can say to bring this victim back to life," said Port Wentworth Detective Brian Phinney.

However, police are confident if this goes to trial.

"I strongly believe we have plenty of evidence to convict him," said Phinney.

But for neighbors living with the questions for the past six months, it has been hard.

"Even living right across the street from the murder, we didn't have any idea what we were looking for," said Leysath. "They did not give us enough information to even look out over our shoulders."

"It makes you wonder about your neighbors," said neighbor Albert Bocanegra. "You think you know someone."

It was also learned on Wednesday that Scott had just gotten out of prison for other violent charges before this incident happened.

"Makes us feel a little bit safer knowing that the person responsible is off the streets," said Bocanegra.

Scott's girlfriend, Nadine Lockwood, was also recently arrested for lying to police during the murder investigation.

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