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Suspect in deaths, burning of 2 SC women arrested

Sep 7, 2010 10:55:00 AM - thestate.com
A man suspected of beating a Georgia woman and killing two South Carolina women and setting their bodies on fire has been arrested.

Richmond County. Ga., Sheriff's Lt. Calvin Chew says 55-year-old Franklin Wright was arrested late Monday near Augusta.

Authorities had been searching for Wright since last week after a woman was found beaten and bleeding in her convenience store in Georgia.

South Carolina authorities say Wright is charged with murder in the killings of 38-year-old Shalamar Byrd and 75-year-old Yana Schenker. Both women were strangled and their bodies burned in Aiken County last month.

Authorities have not revealed a motive for the beating or the killings. Chew did not know if Wright had an attorney or when he would have a bond hearing.

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