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Southlawn Cemetery worker found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in Aiken

September 25, 2018

The Aiken County Coroner’s Office has identified the man whose body was found Monday afternoon in a building at the Southlawn Cemetery on Whiskey Road in Aiken.

The body of James D. Maxwell, of Aiken, was discovered 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.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said the incident is a homicide, said Capt. Eric Abdullah, with the Sheriff’s Office.

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 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.

An autopsy for Maxwell is scheduled on Wednesday in Newberry, Carlton said.

This was the second death investigation being worked by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and the Aiken County Coroner’s Office on Monday, after an inmate died early Monday morning at the Aiken County detention center.

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