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Columbia man charged with murder in his mother’s stabbing death

Lexington, S.C. – Lexington County deputies arrested and charged a Columbia man with murder in the fatal stabbing of his mother Friday.

The victim was identified as 60-year-old Jocelyn Murray, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher.

J.W. Hayes Jr., 40, is charged with murder and possessing a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants.

“Based on what detectives have determined during their investigation, Hayes stabbed Murray with a knife multiple times sometime between Thursday night and early Friday morning,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Hayes then took his mother’s debit card and unlawfully used after fleeing the scene.”

Hayes lived with Murray in the apartment in which her caretaker found her this morning, according to Koon. Deputies arrested Hayes without incident Friday afternoon.

He’s being held in the Lexington County Detention Center while he awaits a bond hearing.

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