Pianist allegedly murdered veterinarian hospital worker. Police say it’s ‘unclear’ if they knew each other.

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Nov. 5 2021, Published 10:31 a.m. ET

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A South Carolina pianist is accused of targeting a veterinary hospital working and killing her, authorities said.

On Oct. 13 around 11 a.m., Christina Larain Parcell, 41, was discovered fatally stabbed in her downtown Greenville home, WYFF reported.

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According to Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis, the victim, who was the mother of a young daughter, was “murdered in a very violent way” and called the crime scene “brutal.”

An autopsy determined Parcell died from multiple sharp force injuries.

Zachary David Hughes, 29, turned himself over to authorities on Nov. 3 and he was charged with killing Parcell. He also faces one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

The suspect is being held in jail on the murder charges as in South Carolina, only a circuit court judge can send bail on a murder count.

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An arrest warrant obtained by WYFF claims Hughes allegedly stabbed Parcell multiple times. Sheriff Lewis said physical evidence and surveillance video tied the suspect to the woman’s slaying.

Investigators are still trying to determine a possible motive for the murder. “Whether or not they knew each other at all is still unclear,” Sheriff Lewis said.

Hughes was being held at the Greenville County Detention Center.

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