South Carolina Man Charged With Murder


Police in North Myrtle Beach reported that a South Carolina man was charged with murder after a woman suffered a heart attack during an attempted break-in in July.

According to court records, Austin Thomas Jones, 40, of North Myrtle Beach is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Police responded to a call from a woman claiming that someone was trying to break into her home in North Myrtle Beach.

Jones allegedly broke out a window and tried to get into the home, according to officers.

Jones’ knuckles were bleeding when police arrested him, and he had less than a gram of cocaine on him.

A woman who called 911 went into cardiac arrest as police arrived. The police immediately called EMS and CPR was administered. She was taken to a local hospital after regaining a pulse.

Police report that the woman died five days later, on July 28.

A Medical University of South Carolina autopsy revealed that the woman suffered cardiac arrest due to “a contributing condition of stress caused by an attempted home invasion.”

As a result of the death being ruled as homicide, a warrant was issued for Jones’ arrest. He was taken into custody on Wednesday at his home.

A $2,500 bond was posted at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Friday morning, according to public records.

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