WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A Lowcountry man who fatally beat his wife at a West Ashley home has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Officials with the Ninth Solicitor's Office say a jury found General Theophilus Little guilty of murder in the killing of 69-year-old Barbara Little.
Investigators say Little died from multiple hits to her head.
On Sept. 22, 2015, deputies responded to a home on West Palmer Drive where they found the woman's body.
Her brother said he came over to her house to check on her, and when he got to the home, he reported finding the front door unlocked. He then noticed blood in the inside of the home and found Little on the bathroom floor.
Investigators say it was discovered through interviews with witnesses that General Little's wages were recently garnished in an effort to pay alimony to the victim.
According to authorities, General Little was located at his home five minutes away from the murder. While there, deputies reported what appeared to be blood in the suspect's SUV.
A search warrant executed at Little's home yielded a pair of shoes with what appeared to be blood on them. Authorities say a tread pattern on the bottom of the shoes was consistent with prints taken from the crime scene.
SLED passed on a report to local authorities stating that swabs taken from Little's SUV matched the victim's DNA.
In addition, authorities say there was an attempt to clean the murder scene.
"The collection of physical evidence that was found at the crime scene linked General Little to the crime," CCSO authorities said.
On the night of the incident, the victim's daughter, said General Little had contacted her and asked her to meet him at a restaurant around 9 p.m., but never showed up.
Investigators say after she attempted to call him several times, Little called her back and asked her to meet him at another location which authorities say he did not show up at either.