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Accident Fatality May Be Homicide, Deputies Say
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) -- Deputies say the 36-year-old man who died in a fiery car accident on April 16 may have actually received fatal wounds before the accident.

Investigators with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Department say the body of 36-year-old James Corey Beaufort was found inside his Ford Focus on Black River Road in Kershaw County. Deputies say the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, hit several trees, overturned and landed on its roof before it "burst into flames."

During an autopsy requested by Coroner Johnny Fellers, the coroner told Sheriff Jim Matthews that he believed Beaufort may have been shot in the head.

Analysts with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are reviewing metal fragments found in Beaufort's head, and a pathologist said the head wound is consistent with a gunshot wound.

"Fellers is not totally convinced that the head wound is the result of a gunshot," said Matthews in a Tuesday news release, "But so far, there is no other explanation for the wound." The sheriff requested an investigation into Beaufort's death.

"I told Mr. and Mrs. Beaufort that we are treating this case as a homicide until we can prove otherwise," said Matthews, "Or until we find the person responsible. Obviously this came as a shock to Mr. and Mrs. Beaufort." Matthews said Beaufort was the couple's only son.

If you can help investigators with the case, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-CRIME-SC or Kershaw County Sheriff's Office at 425-1512 or text a tip to "CRIMES" beginning with the term "TIPSC."

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/crimestoppers/article/136144/28/Accident-Fatality-May-Be-Homicide-Deputies-Say

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