Cops: South Carolina man intentionally sets fire to home, killing his mother

south carolina man intentionally sets fire to home killing his mother
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Aug. 2 2021, Published 9:46 a.m. ET

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A South Carolina man set fire to the home he shared with his mother, where she died in the blaze. Now, the son is charged in connection to her murder.

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On July 1, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office responded to a house fire in Six Mile, South Carolina.

When firefighters arrived, they found Eric James Harmon, 34, in front of the home injured and he was taken to a burn center in Georgia.

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As firefighters worked on putting out the fire, they found the body of 57-year-old Beverly Harmon inside the home, according to the sheriff's office.

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An investigation began and it was determined Eric Harmon intentionally set the fire that killed his mother, deputies said. Officials did not release what allegedly caused Eric Harmon to start the fire.

Eric Harmon has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, according to authorities.

He is being held in the Pickens County Detention Center, officials said. Bond has not been set in his cases as in South Carolina only a circuit court judge can set bond on a murder charge.

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