Husband charged in SC woman’s death

  • Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 8:07 p.m.

GREENWOOD (AP) — A man has been charged in the death of his wife, who was found shot to death in her burning Greenwood County home.

Authorities said Darrell Merritt turned himself in at 4 a.m. Thursday and has been cooperative.

Investigators said firefighters found the body of 46-year-old Lisa Merritt hours earlier inside a burning home. Investigators said Merritt was not severely burned by the fire, which started in a bedroom.

Deputy Coroner Marcia Kelly-Clark said the woman died from gunshot wounds to the head and chest. Authorities said Darrell Merritt fled to a relative’s home and told them he shot his wife and threw a shotgun out his car’s window.

A judge denied bond for Darrell Merritt, and it wasn’t known if he had an attorney.

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