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SC deputies: Man accused of setting fire that killed mom

Eric James Harmon
Eric James Harmon(Pickens County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 31, 2021 at 6:41 PM EDT
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PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 34-year-old South Carolina man is in custody accused of killing his mother by setting her house on fire.

Chief Deputy Chad Brooks of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office told WYFF-TV that Eric James Harmon was arrested Friday and charged with murder and arson first-degree. He is being held at the Pickens County Detention Center.

It was unknown if he has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Brooks said firefighters responding to a July 1 fire in Six Mile found a body later identified as 57-year-old Beverly Harmon. Brooks said Eric Harmon later admitted setting the fire with the help of an accelerant.

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