Police said Bryant Keith Willerson fatally beat another homeless man, William McLain, 63, at the old Days Inn property at 444 Broad Street.
Willerson and McLain began to argue over money, and Willerson grabbed a floor lamp and hit the older man in the back and head, Richmond County sheriff’s investigator Lt. Blaise Dresser said.
Dresser said police were called to the property in the 400 block of Broad Street shortly after 2 a.m., and they found McClain’s body.
Although the former Days Inn is no longer open, police said they suspect McLain “squatted” on the property and Willerson might have, too.
Willerson has been arrested several times on obstruction and other charges in Richmond and Aiken counties.
He was booked into the Richmond County Jail on a murder charge.