Originally created 07/10/01

Authorities arrest one in stabbing



On Monday, authorities arrested a man they had been questioning in connection with last week's stabbing death of 83-year-old Sarah Carter Brown of Bamberg.

Bamberg Police Chief George Morris said his office arrested Chris Washington late Monday afternoon. Chief Morris offered few details about Mr. Washington but said he was being charged in connection with the death of Ms. Brown.

Earlier news reports stated the department was looking for a man in Orangeburg. He had been identified as being at the scene, Chief Morris said.

The chief said theft is suspected as a motive in the slaying.

After not reaching Ms. Brown on the phone, a friend checking on her at her Bamberg residence discovered her body at about 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Investigators said the woman had been stabbed to death - possibly just hours before - and the county coroner confirmed that he is pursuing the case as a homicide.

According to reports, Ms. Brown's door was found unlocked. Drawers had been pulled open, but the house was not ransacked otherwise.

The chief said he understood Ms. Brown to have been a well-liked, well-known member of the community. Her father was Bert E. Carter, who had served as circuit solicitor.

"That was before my time," Chief Morris said. He said he suspects it wasn't her ties but her possessions that led to her death.

"I think it was just plain robbery."

Associated Press reports were used in this article.

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