Deputies: Waitress screams, admits to slaying

A 20-year-old waitress is charged with murder after admitting she stabbed her live-in boyfriend in Sumter.

Deputies responded Saturday to Lot 3, 1920 Peach Orchard Road after a call and found 21-year-old Mallory Jerell Richardson stabbed to death on the mobile home’s living room floor.

Helen Louise Wells admitted to officers that she stabbed her live-in boyfriend with a knife after an argument, according to Lt. Robert B. Burnish of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Wells, who works as a waitress at the Huddle House restaurant near Shaw Air Force Base, threw up as deputies examined the body, screamed, then confessed, according to an incident report and Burnish.

Wells told deputies that she and Richardson had been arguing about a female friend of hers. She said they had been in physical fights before and that she was afraid.

Deputies retrieved a knife allegedly used to stab Richardson from the home’s front yard after Wells told them where she threw it, the report said.

Richardson’s body was blocking the door when deputies arrived and had a deep puncture wound to the upper chest, near his heart, the report said. Wells met deputies in the front yard.

EMS workers were unable to revive him.

Peach Orchard Road is S.C. 441, which runs along the west side of Shaw Air Force Base.

Wells was arrested, charged with murder and taken to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. No bond has not been set.