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Posted: Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:42AM

Man kills woman then takes his own life



The Abbeville County coroner said a Donalds man killed a woman in Greenwood County then returned to his home, killing himself.

Greenwood County deputies said they were called to the victim's Nation Road home in Hodges after a woman called 911 to report a possible shooting.

Deputies said the gunman, identified as Charles Belcher Sr., 46, had called a friend to say he had shot the victim. Ware Shoals police were the first to respond to the home and found the victim lying in her dining room, according to the deputy's report.

Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox said Felicia Rayford, 41, died about 12:45 a.m. He said she was shot at least once, pending an autopsy report.

Coroner Ronnie Ashley said Belcher was found dead at his home on DeVore Road in Donalds a little later Tuesday morning.

No details have been released about a possible motive in the shooting. Deputies said they believe Belcher and Rayford were in a relationship.


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Locations : Abbeville CountyGreenwood County
People : Charles Belcher Sr.Felicia Rayford