Sheriff: Man broke into estranged wife's home, killed her

Published: Dec. 15, 2015 at 10:01 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 25, 2015 at 10:03 PM EST
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The crime scene. (Source: Allie Spillyards)
The crime scene. (Source: Allie Spillyards)

WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Lexington County Sheriff's Department detectives have charged a man with murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife.

According to arrest warrants, Sean Patrick Peters, 37, unlawfully entered Rachel Naomi Peters' home in the 4200 block of Greenwood Drive in West Columbia and fatally shot her Sunday morning.

"Deputies responded to the home after a 911 call," Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. "After a short negotiation with responding deputies, Mr. Peters was arrested on prior, unrelated warrants issued in a criminal sexual conduct with a minor investigation that was initiated in early November."

Peters has been charged with murder, three counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor-first degree, two counts of kidnapping, and one count each of burglary-first degree and the possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Peters is being held without bond in the Lexington County Detention Center while he awaits a bond hearing.

The shooting death investigation and the previous investigation related to the other warrants are ongoing.

A check of Peters' background shows a previous arrest in 2008 for criminal domestic violence. He was released then on a $5,000 bond.

Anyone with information about the cases should contact the Lexington County Sheriff's Department at 803-785-2400 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC. Anonymous tips can be submitted at www.LexingtonSheriff.com.

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