SC man charged with murder, wife found beaten to death during welfare check

SC man charged with murder, wife found beaten to death during welfare check

NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A 57-year-old Newberry County man has been arrested and charged in his wife's murder following a welfare check over the weekend.

According to the Newberry County Coroner's Office, police responded to the Milligan Street home of Curtis Brian Varner on July 8 as a part of a wellness check and found the victim, Cathy E. Varner, 63, unresponsive.

The autopsy results led to Curtis Varner to be charged with murder on Monday, Newberry Police Chief Roy McClurkin said. He remains in custody at this time.

Newberry County Coroner Laura Kneece says the cause of death for Cathy E. Varner was multiple blunt force injuries as a result of a beating and classified as a homicide.

The Newberry Police and Newberry County Sheriff's Department is investigating this case.

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