ANDERSON — A South Carolina man has been arrested on charges of killing two people more than a month ago and stuffing their bodies in barrels before dumping them into a lake, authorities said Saturday.
John Michael Young was captured at an Anderson home, Anderson County Sheriff’s spokesman Chad McBride said. A jail spokesman said Young was likely to make a first appearance before a judge later Saturday. He did not know if Young had an attorney.
Deputies charged Young with two counts of murder after collecting a chainsaw and machetes from his home near Lake Hartwell.
Authorities said in arrest warrants that Young killed 52-year-old Tony McGinnis in September and 37-year-old Andrea Mitchell in October by beating them in the head in woods near his home. Investigators didn’t give a motive but said the victims weren’t killed at random.
Mitchell’s body was found Wednesday in a plastic barrel that was partially submerged in the lake after an officer saw the barrel and examined it. Deputies returned to the lake Thursday and found McGinnis’ dismembered body in a metal barrel about 10 feet under water.
The two victims were acquaintances and had several friends in common, McBride said.
A second man, Shaine David Fischer, was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of murder. Investigators said he helped Young dump the bodies in the lake. Arrest warrants said he confessed to his role and led investigators to charge Young. It wasn’t known if he had an attorney.