June 22, 2019
This was another one of those “he argued with a negro” deaths.
A surprisingly common way to die, that.
More than a month after a body was discovered behind a Mexican restaurant, a man has been charged with murder, the Columbia Police Department said Tuesday.
Conrad Anderson, 48, was charged with murder after he was found by officers and members of the U.S. Marshals Service, police said in a news release.
Police said Anderson was found on Cedar Terrace, which is near the Dorn VA Medical Center.
The murder charge stems from the death of Charles Crane, who was found behind San Jose Mexican Restaurant on Forest Drive on April 5, according to the news release. That is in an area filled with retail businesses and restaurants, including a Walmart Supercenter.
The death was ruled a homicide a week after Crane’s body was discovered, The State reported.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Crane’s cause of death was the result of blunt force trauma, according to the news release. Watts said the 35-year-old was from Pensacola, Florida, The State reported.
Police said they believe Anderson and Crane knew each other and were arguing before the deadly attack.
Anderson is being taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, where he will await a bond hearing.