South Carolina Man Faces Murder Charges After Beating Up Fellow Churchgoer and Stealing Her SUV

Samuel T. Graham (Source: Al Cannon Detention Center)

A man is possibly facing new charges after beating up a fellow church parishioner and stealing her SUV after asking for a ride, North Charleston police say.

Officers charged Samuel T. Graham with attempted murder and carjacking in February. Graham assaulted the woman after he asked her for a ride, deputies say.

North Charleston police say the woman died on May 7 and Graham’s charges may be upgraded to murder.

Investigators say the victim, identified as a 60-year-old woman, was helping Graham and a family member who attended her church.

According to police, Graham then beat up the woman during the ride. She was then found on the street.

It happened on Feb. 18 when a police officer patrolling the area of St. Johns Avenue and O’Hear Avenue came across an unconscious woman on the street.

The woman, who had trouble breathing and had chest pains, said she was helping two people from her church when she was tased and then pushed out of a vehicle.

Authorities said the woman was unable to answer any more questions due to trouble breathing.

EMS crews found an injury to the back of the woman’s head and bleeding coming from her right ear.


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