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DCSO: Family charged in shooting death of Ridgeville man

Sonny Ray Jones Jr. (provided)

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Three people were charged Tuesday{}in the shooting death of a 64-year-old Ridgeville man.

The Dorchester County Sheriff's deputies arrested{}37-year-old Sonny Ray Jones Jr. for killing his step-grandfather, Jimmy Edwards. On Tuesday afternoon, deputies charged Mary Todd Grooms and Endsley P. Grooms in his death.

Mary Todd Grooms is the victim's step-daughter and Endsley Grooms is her husband, deputies said.

All three have been charged with murder. Deputies did not reveal a motive for the killing.

Edwards was found dead at a home on Ridge Road in Ridgeville on February 1.

According to Coroner Chris Nesbit, an autopsy revealed 64-year-old Jimmy Edwards died around 11 p.m. of multiple gunshot wounds to the back of the head.

Jones is charged with murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Investigators report Edwards was shot with a small caliber handgun.

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