Elderly man charged with beating, killing girlfriend

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Willie Pressley

SUMTER, S.C. — A 72-year-old Sumter man has been arrested and accused of beating his girlfriend to death with a baseball bat..

Willie Pressley is charged in the death of 54-year-old Joanne Smiley of Sumter after Sumter County sheriff’s deputies said they were called to a home Tuesday evening and found the body.

Pressley  is being held in the Sumter-Lee regional jail. It was not clear if he has an attorney.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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