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Posted: October 11, 2017 - 12:52am

Body found after house fire

One person is dead after a deadly house fire Wednesday afternoon in Aiken County.

The Montmorenci Fire Department responded to the fire at 12:15 p.m. at a residence in Montmorenci, S.C., along Old Barnwell Road, according to a news release from the Aiken County Coroner's Office.

Adjacent to the home was a small storage building that was completely burned, it states.

The body, which has not been identified, was discovered after firefighters extinguished the fire, according to the news release.

Coroner Tim Carlton said the intensity of the fire did not allow for positive identification.

An autopsy was scheduled for Friday in Newberry, S.C.

3rd suspect charged in slaying

Aiken police have made a third arrest in connection with the killing of Makenzie Loron Williamson at Paces Run Apartments on Saturday.

According to Lt. Karl Odenthal of the Aiken Department of Public Safety, Larry Lenard Thomas has been charged with accessory after the fact (murder) for his role in the death of Williamson. Thomas is currently being held in the Aiken County Detention Center.

Kartel D'Marco Smith, 19, and a 15-year-old male were arrested earlier this week and charged with murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and armed robbery, according to a Monday news release from Odenthal.

Smith was being held at the Aiken County Detention Center, and the juvenile was at the Department of Juvenile Justice, according to the release.

Williamson, 35, of Ward, S.C., was shot Saturday night. He was pronounced dead at AU Medical Center at 11:57 that night.

The investigation is not complete, and more arrests are likely, according to the release. Investigators ask anyone with additional information to contact Detective Jason Griffin at (803) 642-7678 or CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at (888) 274-6372). Callers to CrimeStoppers will remain anonymous and could be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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