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Suspect in Georgia beating linked to 2 SC killings

Sep 2, 2010 7:36:00 PM - thestate.com
Authorities in South Carolina say a man wanted in the savage beating of a Georgia store owner also is a suspect in the deaths of two women in a nearby town.

Police told multiple media outlets that 55-year-old Franklin Wright became a suspect in the crimes after the owner of the Lotto Express was found critically injured Wednesday night in the back of her store.

Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt says warrants have also been issued against Wright for two counts of murder in the killings of 38-year-old Shalamar Byrd and 75-year-old Yana Schenker.

Both women were strangled and their bodies burned and left in some woods last month.

Authorities didn't reveal a motive for the beating or the killings.

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