Orangeburg man charged with murder after girlfriend found beaten to death

Orangeburg man charged with murder

An Orangeburg County man has been charged with murder after his girlfriend was seemingly beaten to death.

"I can't imagine a domestic homicide filled with more senselessness than this," Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. "To beat your human being until she expires exhibits the worst kind of uncontrolled behavior."

James Humphries, 48, has been charged with murder in the death of a 34-year-old woman.

During a first appearance hearing on Tuesday, the North man was formally given his rights while bond was deferred to a circuit court judge at a later date.

Orangeburg County Sheriff's investigators were called to a Squeaky Lane residence in North for what was initially believed to be a domestic dispute.

Upon arrival, investigators learned Humphries had called his employer. Humphries told his employer that "he had a fight with his girlfriend and believed she was dead," according to the report.

Investigators found Humphries at the residence and the victim inside the home.

Emergency medical personnel advised investigators that upon examination, the victim appeared to be deceased.

It was later determined Humphries had assaulted the victim with his fists, the warrant states.

Humphries told investigators he and the victim had argued over his drug use on the day of the fatal assault, according to the report.

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