Crime & Courts

Man charged in 2001 killing

A man serving time in a Florida jail has been charged with murder in Columbia after DNA linked him to the 2001 killing here, local police said this morning.

Columbia Police Department’s Cold Case Unit has arrested Clarence Terelle Myers, 31, in connection with the killing of Angela K. Coleman, 36, of Gladden Street. He is charged with murder and desecration of human remains.

Police were dispatched to 3000 Calk Avenue, off West Beltline Boulevard, at 1 a.m. April 21, 2001. Coleman’s body was discovered when police and Richland County EMS entered the abandoned home.

Coleman died of asphyxiation or suffocation from strangulation, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said at the time. He did not know what was used to kill Coleman, who was found partially undressed.

Columbia investigators were able to tie Myers to the case after they received information from the State Law Enforcement Division that a DNA match was found. Myers was serving a sentence for an unrelated armed robbery charge in Volusia County, Fla., when Columbia investigators questioned him.

Myers is now being held at the Alvin S Glenn Detention Center.

-- From Staff Reports