Woman killed in Barnwell County, husband detained

A Barnwell woman was murdered Tuesday, Dec. 8 and her husband is being held as a suspect, according to the Barnwell County Sheriff.


Denise Michelle Jonican, 37, of 2446 S.C. 70, Barnwell, was found dead there at the home. Her husband, Samuel Bruce Jonican, 44, of the same address is being held in Morgan County, Ga. awaiting extradition to face charges of murder, said Sheriff Ed Carroll.

The Williston Rescue Squad requested assistance from the Barnwell County Sheriff's Office after being called to the scene around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8. After deputies determined a homicide had occurred, an alert was issued for Samuel Jonican as "a person of interest" driving a silver 1998 Honda Accord with Georgia license plates, said Carroll. A later bulletin called the suspect "armed and extremely dangerous."

Around 2 a.m., the Morgan County, Ga. Sheriff's department called Barnwell to say they were holding a suspect matching Jonican's description. Two investigators from the BCSO and a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agent went to Georgia and identified Jonican.

Carroll said Jonican was found with the silver Honda parked on the side of Interstate 20 about 60 miles east of Atlanta. A passerby had called police after noting the car on the roadside, he said.

Denise Jonican's body has been taken to Newberry for an autopsy.

As further details are uncovered, this story will be updated.



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