Monday, March 15, 2010

Arrest in Wagener Homicide & Arson

A Wagener man was arrested today in connection with the homicide of another man and the arson that was allegedly set to cover up the murder.

Dashawn Sanders, 31, of Sharon Lane, Wagener, was charged with murder, and arson in the first-degree.

Authorities responded to a fire Saturday evening at 526 Buckboard Road and discovered the body of resident George Griffin inside the mobile home. An autopsy revealed the victim had died before the fire, according to Coroner Tim Carlton.

In a press release, Sheriff Michael Hunt said, "Due to our investigators' persistence and hard work with this incident, the Sheriffs Office was able to make an arrest concerning a violent act, and give citizens in this community some peace of mind.”

Mr. Sanders is being in the Aiken County Detention Center.

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