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Woman, 40, accused of beating, stabbing 71-year-old man to death in his home

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A 71-year-old man was beaten and stabbed to death inside his Richland County home – and deputies have accused a 40-year-old woman of killing him.

Ms. Holly Jo Thompson was arrested Tuesday at her home in connection with the death of Mr. James Solomon, The State newspaper reported based on a news release from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Mr. James Solomon, of 2115 Lower Richland Blvd. in Hopkins, was found Monday around 12:30 p.m. by a friend who went by to check on him, Richland County Coroner Mr. Gary Watts said.

“An autopsy conducted this morning shows that Mr. Solomon died from blood loss due to multiple blunt and sharp force injuries to the body,” Mr. Watts said.

Ms. Thompson and Mr. Solomon were acquaintances, and Ms. Thompson, who also lived on Lower Richland Boulevard, frequented Mr. Solomon’s home, the sheriff’s department reported.

The two had gotten into an argument that turned physical, the sheriff’s report said.

It’s unclear what the two were arguing about. It's also unclear how long he had been dead before he was found.

Ms. Thompson was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

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