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Warrants: Man hit, kicked woman to death, left burned body in metal barrel

Tiffany Williams (Photo provided by a friend) Tiffany Williams (Photo provided by a friend)
John Vincent Coddington, 22, was charged with murder. (Source: York County Sheriff's Office) John Vincent Coddington, 22, was charged with murder. (Source: York County Sheriff's Office)
FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) -

Court documents are revealing new information about a woman who investigators say was murdered inside a Fort Mill home before being moved to another county.

Twenty-two-year-old John Vincent Coddington was arrested and charged with murder early Thursday morning after investigators say he hit and kicked his roommate to death inside their Fort Mill apartment, along the 900-block of Azurine Circle.

According to the York County Sheriff's Office, investigators believe Coddington and 32-year-old Tiffany Opel Williams were in a relationship at the time of her death and lived in the same apartment.

The arrest warrant accuses Coddington of hitting and kicking Williams to death inside the apartment around December 4.

Investigators say two people came to the Rock Hill Police Department Wednesday, five days later, to report a possible homicide in Fort Mill. That's what started the investigation.

When investigators arrived at the apartment, they say evidence of a possible homicide was found inside and Coddington was arrested.

Investigators believe Coddington moved the body of Williams to Rippling Brooke Drive in Chester County.

According to the Chester County Sheriff's Office, a body was found burned inside a metal barrel Thursday at a home along Rippling Brooke Road in Chester County.

The investigation is ongoing. This is the sixth homicide of 2015 in York County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for burial expenses for Williams.

“I can only imagine what these children are going to have to deal with growing up without their mother,” said April Dyer-Stephenson, a close family friend.

Neighbors along Rippling Brooke Drive describe the area as rural and were shocked to see so much law enforcement activity Thursday when the body was discovered.

“Taking my daughter to school yesterday morning, I saw a bunch of police officers and cars up the street, I just thought it might have been a drug bust or something,” said Steve Caston, who has lived in the Chester County area for about 14 years.

Friends and neighbors said the two were in the early stages of a relationship.

“Nobody really knew who he was and just shocking especially him being so young as well,” Dyer-Stephenson said.

One neighbor asked us not to show his face, but recalls Coddington introducing Williams as his girlfriend just a few weeks ago.

“There wasn’t any perception of anything unusual going on, no apparent tension or stress,” the neighbor said.

At this point it’s unclear how detectives discovered her body in Chester County. Deputies in Chester County said Coddington didn’t live in the home, but some of his associates did.

No one answered the door Friday morning.

Friends continue to wonder what led up to the homicide, but said whatever it was, she didn’t deserve what happened.

“Very loving person and very upbeat, can make anybody smile, always tried to help anybody that she could,” Dyer-Stephenson said.

According to records with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Coddington has no previous record. He remains in jail without bond.

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