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Man Charged In Murder, Fire At Greenville Quality Inn

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. - Officials in Greenville County have charged a man with murder after they say he killed Laurie Patton at the Quality Inn & Suites on South Pleasantburg Drive on Monday morning.

Investigators tell us Darrin Terrell Eskew, 21, strangled Patton and then set the motel room on fire.  They say he then stole her vehicle to get away.

He was spotted in Banks County, Georgia going 30 miles per hour on Interstate 85 and tried to hit a deputy after being pulled over, authorities there say.

Eskew was taken into custody and charged with two counts of felony obstruction and a speed violation.

He now faces murder, arson and grand larceny charges in Greenville County.

Eskew had been a suspect in the homicide case.

Patton, of Travelers Rest, was a Special Education Resource Teacher at Berea Middle School since 2005.

Investigators say Patton was Eskew's teacher in the past.

Her cause of death has not yet been determined.

Keep checking back for updates.
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