Coroner IDs victim of Ridgeville killing; Suspect in custody

The Dorchester County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who was killed Thursday in the Ridgeville area.
Published: Jan. 22, 2023 at 10:19 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 22, 2023 at 11:42 PM EST
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RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - The Dorchester County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who was killed Thursday in the Ridgeville area.

D’Angelo Smith, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene of a home in the 400 block of Highway 78 at 7:02 p.m. Thursday, Coroner Paul Brouthers said.

Dorchester County Sheriff’s Lt. Rick Carson said they arrested a man accused in the killing.

Elup Jones is charged with murder, Carson said. The warrant states Jones is accused of holding Smith’s head in mud and water to cause his death.

Deputies found Smith in the front yard of a home near a water-filled ditch, the warrant states.

Carson said the man did not respond to CPR and died at the scene.

Deputies say the investigation remains active.

Smith’s body will undergo an autopsy at the Medical University of South Carolina on Monday, Brouthers said.

Jones was being held at the L.C. Knight Detention Center.