3 arrested in Florence County murder investigation

Pee Dee Crime

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – Three people have been arrested in a Florence County murder investigation.

According to a press release from the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, those arrested in the case are:

  • Cecelia Elaine Knox, 31, of McKeithan Road in Florence
  • Jana Lynn Knox, 39, of McKeithan Road in Florence
  • Jimmy Lee Knox, 37, of Morrow Road in Forest Park, Georgia

Cecelia Knox was arrested by investigators with the FCSO on April 30 and is charged with murder, the release said. Jana Knox was arrested by FCSO investigators on May 1 and is charged with accessory after the act of murder and obstruction of justice. Jimmy Knox was arrested by FCSO investigators on May 5 and charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

The three were arrested in connection with the murder of a California woman, identified as Tara Echevarria, in Florence, according to the release. Investigators allege that Cecelia Knox killed Echevarria “on or about April 21, 2019.” Echevarria was reportedly staying at the home of Cecelia Knox and Jana Knox on McKeithan Road.

Investigators also allege that Jana Knox “had knowledge of the murder having been committed and assisted Cecelia Knox in disposing of the victim’s body and vehicle.”

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According to the release, Jimmy Knox is the brother of Cecelia Knox and Jana Knox.

Jimmy Knox is alleged to have helped Cecelia Knox and Jana Knox in disposing of the victim’s body. He was taken into custody outside of Atlanta, Georgia. He was transported to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office. A magistrate gave Jimmy Lee Knox a $250,000 surety bond.

Bond has been denied for Cecelia Knox and Jana Knox.

The FCSO said an investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

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