Suspect in 2 killings has first court appearance
08/13/2014 1:43 PM
09/02/2014 6:43 PM
The Union County man charged with committing two murders 24 years apart had his first appearance in county court Wednesday and will continue to be held in jail without bond.
Eddie “Clyde” Helms, 61, of the New Salem community, told the judge he would hire his own attorney.
Authorities said jealousy and anger played a key role in both crimes. The victims were killed the same way, by a shotgun blast to the back in the dark by an assailant who snuck up on them.
Charles Ronald Godwin, 60, was killed in eastern Union County on Aug. 30, 2012, and John Terow Griffin III was killed on Nov. 10, 1988, in Peachland, Anson County. Adam Bell
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