SPD charge man with murder after woman found dead in car

Jasmine Marrone (provided)

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) - Police say an investigation into a possible intoxicated subject led to the discovery of a deceased woman.

Summerville police officials say they arrived at the 1330 block of North Main Street in Summerville around 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Circle K gas station.{} Officers detained a white male for outstanding out-of-state warrants, according to officials.{}

Officers say they noticed a large amount of blood on the subject's clothing. Officers say they then opened his car door to find a deceased female in the backseat, covered by blankets.

Captain Jon Rogers with the Summerville police says James Randall Carpenter has been charged with murder.

The coroner had identified the body as 21-year-old Jasmine Marrone from Tennessee.

Investigators said Monday the cause of death was strangling, but she also suffered blunt force trauma to the head.

"We are asking anyone that had contact with the two on 09/22/2012 or 09/23/2012 please contact the Summerville Police Department at 843-851-4100," said Capt. Rogers.

Rogers says Jasmine Marrone was in town visiting friends and was due to return home sometime this week.

According to records from SLED, Carpenter had been charged with the felony theft of a 'financial transaction card' in August 2011 and 'failure to appear after release for a felony' on July 18. Jail records say he was released on Saturday because those charges had been dropped.

At a bond hearing Monday night, Carpenter struggled with deputies and refused to face the judge.