Man wanted for domestic homicide investigation now in custody

Man wanted for domestic homicide investigation now in custody

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Orangeburg County deputies say the 24-year-old man wanted in connection with what officials called a domestic-related homicide Wednesday night has been taken into custody.

Malcolm Jamar Williams was taken into custody Thursday morning for questioning in connection with the death of 21-year-old Lateefah S. Williams of Wagener, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office spokesman Richard Walker. OCSO officials say the suspect was out on bond for a separate stabbing.

Investigators reported Lateefah Williams was located with multiple stab wounds.

"This is a tragic situation in which a young lady lost her life," Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. "We are thankful our investigators and SLED agents were able to take this individual into custody and get him off the streets."

Ravenell went on to say that Williams was considered armed and dangerous at the time he was apprehended in Orangeburg County.

The sheriff said the investigation by detectives determined the actual stabbing, however, took place in Batesburg-Leesville before the woman was driven to Orangeburg County.

"Williams died as a result of blood loss caused by multiple stab wounds around her upper body," Orangeburg County authorities said."While the two share the same last name, they are not believed to have been related."

OCSO investigators say they were notified just before 7 p.m. after Williams called 911 himself  and said he had "killed his girlfriend and left her body in the woods," the incident report states.

"Relatives of the Delray Road man told arriving officers that Williams also stated to them he had killed his girlfriend before leaving her body at a remote location off Bricin Drive less than a mile away," a press release by OCSO states. "OCSO investigators searching the Bricin Drive area spotted a vehicle about 200 yards off the roadway in a wooded area."

Investigators say when they approached what turned out to be a Chevrolet, they found a woman in the grass on the side of the vehicle.

Investigators checked the woman for any signs of life but realized she was deceased, the report states.

"Williams was taken into custody at a relative's residence near North by OCSO investigators and agents with the State Law Enforcement Division," OCSO officials said."The North man was out on a personal recognizance bond for an similar incident reported in January."

According to the Jan. 30 incident report, Williams called 911 to report he had stabbed a relative. Williams told investigators he had stabbed a 27-year-old man after an argument over food.

"Williams was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature," the incident report states."At the time of Wednesday's stabbing, he was out on a $1,092 personal recognizance bond set after the January stabbing."

OCSO authorities reported that Lateefah Williams called the OCSO in July of 2014 after a spat with Malcolm. According to authorities, she said the two were involved in an verbal argument. Deputies say say Lateefah Williams asked deputies to provide her an escort to retrieve her personal property from Williams' residence.

Investigators said Thursday morning Williams was being sought based on a preliminary investigation after deputies responded to an address on Bricin Road Wednesday evening and found one person dead.

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