A woman was found dead in the early Tuesday morning hours at the Downtown Sumter Motor Inn from what police are saying was a domestic violence incident.
Ebony Elizabeth Canty, 35, of Blanche Road, …
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Ebony Elizabeth Canty, 35, of Blanche Road, had “visible injuries to her upper body” when officers arrived about 1:20 a.m. to the motel at 409 N. Main St., which is just outside downtown at the intersection of North Main and Loring Drive/Warren Street.
The 44-year-old man with whom she had a relationship was at the scene and taken into custody, according to Tonyia McGirt, public information officer for the Sumter Police Department.
Freddie Ladale Curtis, of Hickory Road, is being held at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center as the investigation continues. He faces a murder charge in Canty’s death.
McGirt said the Sumter County Coroner’s Office has notified Canty’s family and scheduled an autopsy for Wednesday in Charleston.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
This is the third homicide in Sumter to occur in this first month of the year.
County deputies found the body of a 23-year-old man off McCrays Mill Road on Jan. 1, and an autopsy showed he died from a gunshot wound. Deputies found him during a property check after seeing his vehicle parked in the area.
A 20-year-old man from Sumter was arrested in Richland County on Monday and charged with murder in the case. His bond hearing was Tuesday morning.
The second killing came on Jan. 20, when a 17-year-old was found dead in front of an abandoned house on Wilder Street. Deputies are investigating his death as suspicious.
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