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Man charged with murder after brother's body turns up in burned home

James Moses Thomas (Source: Richland County) James Moses Thomas (Source: Richland County)
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

An arrest has been made in connection with a fire that turned up a body inside a Richland County home. 

According to the Richland County Sheriff's Department, James Moses Thomas, 29, has been charged with murder and arson after Columbia Fire officials worked a house fire on Morninglo Lane on Wednesday.

Fire officials quickly discovered a body at the residence and turned the investigation over to the sheriff's department.

Investigators discovered the victim, identified by Richland County Coroner as Dante Barksdale, 40, is Thomas' brother. Barksdale, investigators said, had been beaten to death with a tire iron. 

Officials believe Thomas and Barksdale got into an argument that turned deadly and Thomas then set the home on fire. 

At a bond hearing Thursday afternoon, no bond was set and has to be set in General Sessions Court at a later date. 

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