Aiken man faces murder charge

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008 12:47 PM
Last updated 3:54 PM
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The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has issued an arrest warrant charging an Aiken man in the weekend murder of his roommate.

Keith Alan Fitzgerald, 51, is in jail in Anderson County, and investigators say they expect to bring him back this week to Aiken County, where he will be charged with arson, grand larceny and murder.

Mr. Fitzgerald is accused of murdering 61-year-old George Woltz Jr., whose body was found by firefighters Saturday night in his home at 845 Westover St. An autopsy determined that he had died of asphyxiation.

Lt. Troy Elwell of the sheriff’s office said Mr. Fitzgerald was arrested Sunday morning at an apartment complex in Anderson. He was found sitting in a white Mercedes that was reported stolen from a residence on Williamsburg Street in Aiken Saturday afternoon.

Witnesses told investigators they saw Mr. Fitzgerald and three other men leaving the victim’s home in a white Mercedes shortly before the fire started. Lt. Elwell said the three unidentified men have not been found.

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