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Aiken Man Charged with Murder After Shooting Roommate in the Head


An Aiken man was charged Thursday night with murder after allegedly shooting his roommate in the head inside their residence on Sparkleberry Lane.

Vance Mack Fleming, 61, was charged with murder and weapon possession in the death of 56-year-old William J. Collins, a local carpenter.

Authorities responded to the home on the 1400 block of Sparkleberry Lane around 6:50 p.m. Thursday and found an unresponsive man with an injury to his head, sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said.

The victim was pronounced dead on the scene, and an autopsy will be done in Newberry, Coroner Darryl Ables said.

A motive for the killing was not immediately clear.

Note: If you have a photo of William Collins to share, please text it to 803-487-3224.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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