Man arrested for strangling West Columbia woman

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 2:33 PM

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- West Columbia police have arrested a man they say strangled his girlfriend and left their child at home with her mother's body. 

Police said Tuesday 30-year-old David Richard Walker Jr. has been charged with murder. 

Authorities say Walker strangled 26-year-old Catherine Carrie Banty in December and hit her on the head in their West Columbia home. 

Police say Walker fled the home after killing Banty, leaving the couple's 4-year-old daughter with her mother's body.  

It wasn't known if Walker had an attorney. Police said Banty's family is caring for the child.
 

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