Police: Woman killed on West Cheves Street in Florence was mother of suspect

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FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — Florence police have arrested Eric Timmons Jr., 25, in the deadly shooting of 46-year-old Valerie Kwaita Baccus on West Cheves Street in Florence Wednesday morning, according to Capt. Robert Drulis with the Florence Police Department.

Timmons was arrested in Sanford, North Carolina in connection with the murder, Drulis said. He was arrested at an “Econo Lodge” at about 4:20 p.m. after investigators developed a lead that led them to that location.

Investigation into the murder, according to police, revealed Baccus was Timmons’ mother.

Timmons was transported back to Florence overnight. He was booked in the Florence County Detention Center at 12:27 a.m. Friday according to the booking website.

Police began investigating after Baccus was found dead from a gunshot wound Wednesday morning on the 400 block of West Cheves between Warley Street and McQueen Street.


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