SC Couple Wanted for Murder Captured in Hart County

August 1, 2014
By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

A South Carolina couple, suspected in the death of an elderly Westminster man is captured in Hart County.

Oconee County, SC authorities say 71-year old Donald Lee Davis of Westminster was stabbed to death sometime early Tuesday morning.

Davis’ body was discovered by Oconee County Sheriff’s Deputies late Tuesday evening.

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said Donald Davis died as a result of cardiac (heart) and pulmonary (lung) trauma after being stabbed multiple times.

Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland said his office received a look out for a gray van that was taken from Davis’ residence and that might be in the Hartwell Dam area.

“We all went down U.S. 29 towards the Dam,” Cleveland said. “Deputy Spears met the vehicle on the Cokesbury Highway. He did not use his blue lights, he just stayed behind the vehicle and ran the tag.”
Cleveland said his officers stayed with the vehicle as it travelled down the Hartwell Highway.

“Chief Deputy Whitmire and myself went down the Elberton Highway and were in the Newberg area, Cleveland said. “We hit our blue lights and he (Spears) hit his blue lights and we arrested the couple without incident. Inside the van we found a knife. I don’t know if that was the murder weapon or not.”

Arrested were 46-year-old Christine Davis Black and 49-year-old John Muriel Black, Jr.

The pair was taken into custody without incident, according to Cleveland, and will be returned to Oconee County, SC to face murder charges there.

Cleveland said no charges will be filed in Hart County against the couple.