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Man in custody for death of girlfriend, Sumter deputies say

The body of the woman was found behind a home in Rembert.

SUMTER, S.C. — One man is in custody following the death of his girlfriend according to Sumter County sheriff's deputies. Now, we also know the name of the victim.

The Sumter County coroner has identified a body found previously as Cashell Dawn Woods, 48 of Horatio.  The coroner said she was shot to death. Her body was found in the backyard of a home in the 3200 block of Horatio-Hagood Road in Sumter County. 

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A 47-year-old man from Camden, later identified as Douglas McLeod II, escaped to Lee County where he allegedly carjacked someone and then took a family member's vehicle without permission before running to Richland County.  He eventually turned himself in there. 

According to authorities, he was scheduled to be taken back to Sumter on Thursday night and booked into the Sumter Detention Center.  

He has been charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and is also facing charges in at least one other jurisdiction. A motive has not yet been determined. The sheriff's office said more information will be released soon. 

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This case is ongoing and investigators are asking anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.