A 54-year-old Sumter woman is dead after apparently having been beaten. Her boyfriend is now in custody.
When deputies with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office responded to a call on Radical Road on Tuesday evening, they found the body of 54-year-old Joanne Smiley on the living room floor, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Investigators and crime scene personnel also responded. After collecting evidence and statements from witnesses, Willie Pressley, 72, of 885 Radical Road, Sumter, was arrested and transported to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, the release states.
According to Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock, the victim was beaten with a baseball bat.
"It was one of the most brutal and senseless killings I've seen," he said.