Sheriff: Suspect tried to hide body in Midlands murder case

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The Wichita Eagle

A man is in custody in connection with a death in Sumter County.

Jacoby Richardson, 40, of Sumter, has been charged with murder in the case, according to a release from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 10 p.m. on Aug. 29, deputies received a report from a passerby that there was an unconscious man in the 900 block of David Austin Road in Sumter. Deputies arrived and found the victim, Bruce Bracey, face-down in a yard and unresponsive. EMS personnel soon arrived and pronounced the victim dead.

“During crime scene processing, it was apparent that someone dragged Bracey’s body a short distance and attempted to conceal the body,” the sheriff’s office said.

In the ensuing investigation, Richardson was developed as a suspect in the case, and warrants were obtained for his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident on Sept. 6, per the sheriff’s office.

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Chris Trainor is a retail reporter for The State and has been working for newspapers in South Carolina for more than 19 years, including previous stops at the (Greenwood) Index-Journal and the (Columbia) Free Times. He is the winner of numerous South Carolina Press Association awards, including honors in column writing, government beat reporting, profile writing, food writing, election coverage, social media and more.

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