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Husband charged with murder after woman found dead in Lancaster home

Mildred Burris Arnold (Credit: Family) Mildred Burris Arnold (Credit: Family)
Mildred Burris Arnold (Credit: Family) Mildred Burris Arnold (Credit: Family)
Alman (Lancaster Police Department) Alman (Lancaster Police Department)
(Jordan Sawyers/WBTV) (Jordan Sawyers/WBTV)
LANCASTER, SC (WBTV) -

A man has been arrested and charged with murder after his wife was found dead in her home in Lancaster, SC, on Sunday.

Mildred Burris Arnold, 58, was found dead in her home on the 200 block of South York Street. Arnold's daughter, April Mosley, told WBTV that she hadn't heard from her mother and went to her home to check on her. She said she kicked down the door and found her mother lifeless inside. 

"I kicked in the door and we walked through the house, it smelled of ammonia and Pine-Sol... and we started walking through the house," Mosley said. "My sister went to my nephew's room and found blood. I came running and found my mom laying there and she was cold."  

Police said Arnold's husband, 49-year-old Matthew James Alman, "had given false information to other family members concerning her whereabouts and activities over the past 24 hours."

During the investigation, Alman was arrested on an unrelated charge. During that booking process, investigators found what they believed was blood on his clothing. 

A search of the crime scene, officials said, also turned up a pair of boots - believed to be Alman's - with blood on them as well as a framing hammer. Investigators said they believe the hammer, which also had blood and hair on it, was used to kill Arnold.

Alman was then charged with murder and placed in jail without bond.

Mosley said she doesn't understand why anyone would want to kill her mother.

"My mom was just always a protector, someone who was worried about her children at all times," Mosley said. 

On Sunday, Mosley had a message for the person responsible. 

"How could you do that to my mom?" She asked. "She didn't deserve this."

Lancaster City police, SLED, and Lancaster County Coroner's Office are involved in the ongoing investigation. 

 Anyone with further information is asked to call the Lancaster Police Department at 803-283-3313 or the anonymous tip line at 803-289-6040.

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