Sheriff: Man sexually assaulted, killed Gaston woman

Published: Aug. 20, 2015 at 6:39 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2015 at 6:59 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A 41-year-old man has been charged with sexually assaulting and fatally beating a Gaston woman.

According to arrest warrants, Peter Lynn Coffey killed Joanne White Taylor at her Gaston home sometime between Aug. 7-9, a spokesman for the Lexington County Sheriff's Department said.

"Physical evidence connects Coffey to the scene of the crime," Sheriff Jay Koon said. "Our detectives have determined that Coffey knew the victim and had a prior relationship with her."

Coffey was being held in the Lexington County Detention Center.

Anyone with information about this or any other case is urged to contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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