Man charged in SC woman's death

COLUMBIA — Columbia police have arrested a man in the death of a woman found in a home.


Forty-four-year-old Michael Kenneth Peterson was picked up late Monday afternoon and charged with murder.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says the victim was 54-year-old Brenda Witherspoon. The cause of death has not been released.

Police had been called to the home by a relative about noon Monday.

Investigators think Peterson and Witherspoon lived together.

No one else was in the home.

It wasn’t clear Tuesday if Peterson has a lawyer.



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