Sumter Co, SC (WLTX) -- A woman was found dead in her home by Sumter County Sheriff's deputies after they responded to a call to the residence on Radical Road.
The 54 year-old woman, identified as Joanne Smiley, was found lying on the living room floor, already deceased when officers arrived. A witness told them 72 year-old Willie Pressley, who lived at the same address, had killed Smiley. Preliminary indications suggest the cause of death is blunt force trauma throughout the body. An autopsy has been scheduled.
After collecting evidence and statements from witnesses, Pressley was placed under arrest and taken to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.
The case is still under investigation.