The Aiken County Sheriffs Office has arrested Michael Henderson, 38, 598 Kershaw Drive, North Augusta in connection with Thursday's slaying of Howard Goode, 72, 450 Cherokee Drive, Clearwater.
According to a news release, police said Goode's body was located by a caregiver in his residence about 12:45 p.m.
Investigators were able to obtain evidence and conduct interviews at the scene, which identified Michael Henderson as the person responsible for the crime. Henderson has worked for the victim in the past as a yardman.
The motive in this case is believed to be a robbery and the official cause of death is still pending, the Sheriff's Office said.Aiken County authorities have made charges in the Clearwater homicide of 72-year-old Howard Goode.
A caretaker discovered Goode's body in his home on the 400 block of Cherokee Drive at 12:45 p.m. Thursday.
Investigators were able to link evidence discovered at the scene to Michael Lamonte Henderson, who had been arrested hours earlier for armed robbery, according to a news release.
Authorities said Henderson, 38, of the 500 block of Kershaw Drive in North Augusta, entered the Ashley Motel at 4875 Jefferson Davis Highway around 3 a.m. Thursday, presented two guns and demanded money. During the robbery, Henderson told the clerk he had already killed one person, police said.
Officers located Henderson sitting in a chair outside the motel. During a pat down, officers discovered two guns, a bottle of gin, drug paraphernalia and a bag of marijuana, an incident report said.
Authorities later connected Henderson to Goode's murder. The suspect had worked for Goode in the past as a yardman, police said.
At this time the motive is believed to be robbery. The cause of death is still pending, police said.
Henderson has been charged with armed robbery, disorderly conduct, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, malicious injury to real property, murder, burglary and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.
He is currently being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.