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Third Suspect Arrested in Jamilla Smith Murder


Aiken County authorities have made another arrest in connection with the murder investigation of Jamilla Smith, as Clyde Hendley II, 46, of Bath, stands accused of aiding Daniel Harmon in disposing of evidence related to Smith’s death.

Hendley was apprehended Thursday after investigators executed a search warrant at his residence on Front Street, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

Hendley, now held at the Aiken County Detention Center, faces charges of accessory after the fact to murder.

He becomes the third suspect linked to the case, following the arrest of Daniel Gabriel Harmon, 34, who was charged with murder on Dec. 23, 2023, and Bryan Alexander Hampton Jr, 35, who turned himself in on April 19, facing a similar charge of accessory after the fact to murder.

The investigation has been ongoing since Smith’s disappearance, with authorities tirelessly following leads to locate her remains. Smith’s distressing last moments were captured in a chilling 911 call, where she reported being chased in Jackson by her ex-boyfriend, Daniel Harmon.

Tragically, the call ended abruptly with sounds of struggle and Smith’s screams, indicating the severity of the situation.

Prior to her disappearance, Smith had filed a domestic violence report against Harmon, providing photographic evidence of her injuries. Despite this, the warrant for domestic violence was never served, raising questions about potential opportunities to intervene before the tragic outcome

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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