Man arrested in deadly Florence County stabbing also facing murder charge in NC

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Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 4:11 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2022 at 3:09 PM EDT
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FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - One person was killed after being stabbed at a Florence County motel on Thursday, according to officials.

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the Florence Express Inn where they discovered the victim. Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken later identified the victim as 61-year-old James Stephen McNamara.

Officials said 53-year-old Willie James Smith, of Florence, is accused of stabbing McNamara while they were staying in the same room.

Smith is now charged with murder in connection to the incident but also faces a murder charge out of North Carolina.

The Durham Police Department said Smith was involved in a shooting on March 31 that killed 64-year-old Hironori James.

Online records show he’s being held at the Florence County Detention Center as of Thursday afternoon.

He awaits a bond hearing with a circuit court judge.

von Lutcken added that an autopsy for McNamara has been scheduled at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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