Suspect arrested in Columbia murder
Mon, 29 Aug 2011 00:56:24 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Columbia police have identified the woman found dead inside of a home over the weekend. Officials say they also have a murder suspect in custody.
Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott says 37-year-old Hank Hawes has been arrested and charged with the murder of 36-year-old Jennifer Lee Wilson. Officials say Wilson was stabbed to death around 2 a.m. Sunday.
A bond hearing for Hawes will take place Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Richland County Judicial Center.
Investigators say they responded to a tip where they found Wilson's body at a house on Monroe Street near Kilbourne Road.
Police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said there were signs of a struggle at the home. According to the arrest warrant, a witness told investigators there was fight between Hawes and Wilson. It's believed that the two were acquaintances.
Wilson was an associate professor at the University of South Carolina in the College of Education since 2005. Specialized in middle level language and literacy. Wilson is described by her colleague Gloria Boutte as young and ambitious.
Boutte says Wilson was the ideal faculty member as she was always smiling and excited about new opportunities to improve education.
She is very accomplished, but also very humble, according to Boutte. I think she saw the work she did as noble and work that gave back to children and families.
Ed Dickey who also worked closely with Wilson spoke highly of her on Monday.
She interviewed at the university and I remember telling her in the dean's office, ~I will do anything I can to hire you, TM because I saw somebody with energy and intelligence like no other person, said Dickey.
He adds USC was fortunate to hire her. Last year, Wilson was promoted and tenured.
Hawes is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. If you have any information about this incident Columbia Police ask you call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.