Anson grand jury indicts Union Co, man on first-degree murder charge

An Anson County grand jury indicted a Union County man this week on a first-degree murder charge involving a 1988 slaying.

Eddie Clyde Helms, 61, also was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in Union County on Tuesday in connection with a 2012 killing. In both cases, authorities said, jealousy and anger played a role in the crimes.

Helms was arrested Aug. 12 and charged with the two murders 24 years apart.

He is accused of killing John Terow Griffin III in Peachland, Anson County, on Nov. 10, 1988, and Charles Ronald Godwin in eastern Union County on Aug. 30, 2012. Helms also was charged with stalking Godwin and a female acquaintance.

Both victims were killed in the same way: by a shotgun blast to the back by a killer who sneaked up on them in the dark.

Helms remains in Union County Jail without bond.

He is from the New Salem community in eastern Union County outside of Marshville, near the Anson County line.

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