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Authorities release victim and suspect names in Florence motel room death

Published: May. 12, 2022 at 12:51 PM EDT
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FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) – The Florence Police Department provided more information on a homicide investigation after a woman was found dead inside a motel room.

Officers responded just before 9 p.m. Wednesday to the Colonial Inn on Irby Street after a person was heard screaming for help.

When they arrived, officers said they tried to open the door with a key, but a man identified as Donald Moore held the door and kept officers from coming into the room.

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Police said they made forced entry into the room and took Moore into custody after a brief struggle.

A woman was found dead in the room.

The Florence County Coroner identified the woman as Tosana Tyisha Carter, 45, of Florence. According to the coroner, Carter died as a result of a sharp-edged weapon.

The arrest warrants for Moore indicate a boxcutter was found at the scene.

The body will be autopsied Friday morning at the Medical University of S.C.

Moore is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

The Florence Police Department said it’s still investigating and working to determine how the events of the incident unfolded.

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