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South Carolina man dies of heart attack while burying body of woman he killed, police say

South Carolina man dies of heart attack while burying body of woman he killed, police say


A South Carolina man died of a coronary heart assault whereas trying to bury the physique of somebody authorities say he killed.

Officers from the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Workplace arrived at a house in Trenton on Saturday after receiving experiences of an unresponsive man in his yard, Sheriff Jody Rowland and county coroner David Burnett stated in a joint assertion despatched to USA TODAY.

Officers discovered 60-year-old Joseph Anthony McKinnon lifeless in his yard. However when investigating McKinnon’s demise and notifying subsequent of kin, authorities discovered the physique of 65-year-old Patricia Ruth Dent “in a freshly dug pit.”

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Authorities suspected McKinnon died of pure causes and that Dent’s demise was on account of foul play, the assertion stated. Autopsies carried out Monday confirmedMcKinnon’s demise was from a cardiac occasion, whereas Dent died by strangulation.

“Proof gathered on the scene, together with statements from witnesses aided investigators to construct a timeline, main us to consider that Mr. McKinnon attacked Ms. Dent whereas inside their residence,” the assertion reads. 

Authorities concluded after McKinnon strangled Dent, he sure and wrapped her in trash luggage earlier than placing her right into a pit he had already dug. Whereas McKinnon was filling the grave, he had the cardiac occasion, inflicting his demise, authorities stated. 

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