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Men had altercations, now a 38-year-old is dead and a 70-year-old is in jail, SC officers say

A man was killed and a 70-year-old South Carolina resident is in jail following a brawl that led to a stabbing, the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office said.

Jermaine A. Mack, 38, died at McLeod Health Clarendon Hospital, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

On Friday, deputies went to Lane’s Shopping Center on SC 260 in response to a report that someone had been stabbed, according to the release. Deputies said they determined Mack had been stabbed at a home on the 1000 block of Bait Lane in the Manning area of ​​Lake Marion. Lane’s is about a tenth of a mile from Bait Lane’s house.

Deputies learned that Mack was involved in an altercation with Paul Dewitt Jr., and there was a brief search for the 70-year-old before he was located and taken into custody, the release said.

Deputies said Dewitt lives in a Pocahontas Circle home, located between the Bait Lane residence and Lane’s.

Information about why the men were fighting was not available.

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Dewitt was charged with voluntary manslaughter and weapons possession while committing a violent crime, according to the release. He is being held at the Clarendon County Detention Center, where he awaits a hearing, the sheriff’s office said.

Despite the arrest, the death is still under investigation.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 803-435-4414, CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC, or submit an online tip.

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