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Police still looking for suspects in homicide of Aiken cemetery worker

September 27, 2018

Investigators with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office are still working to figure out who shot and killed a worker at the Southlawn Cemetery on Whiskey Road in Aiken.

The body of James D. Maxwell, of Aiken, was discovered Monday in his small living quarters at the rear of the office of Southlawn Cemetery, 4524 Whiskey Road, said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton in a news release.

Maxwell, who was a worker at the cemetery, died from multiple gunshot wounds, Carlton said.

Capt. Eric Abdullah, with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, said the incident has been labeled a homicide, but there are still no suspects in the case.

“We are still working toward an answer to the question of who killed Maxwell,” Abdullah said.

Deputies responded to the cemetery around 10:15 a.m. Monday after another cemetery worker called 911 claiming to have found a body in one of the buildings on the property, according to a release from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

Responding deputies spoke with the complainant to get more information. The complainant said he went to “go check on” Maxwell at his residence on the cemetery and there he found him unresponsive.

The Aiken County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene to assist with the investigation, and investigators’ initial findings called the incident a “suspicious death,” according to the release.

This is still an active investigation, Abdullah said.

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