Florence man caught in missing Timmonsville man’s car, arrested for his murder, deputies say

Published: Aug. 19, 2022 at 2:27 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2022 at 7:48 PM EDT
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FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - A Florence man is in custody, charged with the murder of a Timmonsville man whose body was discovered inside of a home on Tuesday.

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office said Malcolm James Jenkins, 30, was caught in the vehicle belonging to Jasper McKithen.

McKithen died as a result of blunt force trauma, according to Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken.

The 62-year-old was reported missing by his family on Monday.

According to investigators, Jenkins allegedly hit the victim around his head, neck and side with a hammer.

Jenkins was caught in the victim’s vehicle on Wednesday and taken into custody after a brief foot chase.

Jenkins is being held at the Florence County Detention Center.

Stay with WMBF News for updates.