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Dillon County murder suspect arrested

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A man accused of slitting another man's throat at a bar early Sunday morning turned himself in, according to Dillon County Chief Deputy Douglas Pernell.

They say he turned himself in about 9:30 pm. in Berkeley County. Authorities also arrested his wife at a home in Berkeley County.

Lt. Tracy “Buzzy” Finklea says Duane Alexei Ricketts, 27, of 411 Stewart St. in Dillon used a knife to slit the throat of Elford Jones, 40, of Dillon while the men were at the F&R Lounge, at 107 Willis St. near Latta about 1:30 a.m.

Duane Ricketts, whose wife, Katayh Ricketts, was bartending at the lounge during the incident, apparently “seemed to be asleep or drunk” when he suddenly got up and killed Jones, Finklea said.

Deputies think Duane Ricketts slit Jones’ throat because he thought he heard Jones make disrespectful comments to his wife, but Katayh Ricketts told Finklea that Jones was “real nice” to her.

Both Duane and Katayh are expected back in Dillon County sometime Wednesday.

Count on News 13, scnow.com, and the Morning News for the latest on story as it becomes available.

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