October 17, 2019
Dameion Edwin Thomas.
It sounds like the victims were friends with the nog and allowed him into their home.
That, right there, was their first and final mistake.
An Aiken County man was found guilty this week in the 2016 double homicide of an Edgefield County couple and sentenced to life without parole.
Dameion Edwin Thomas, 38, was found guilty of killing Charles and Andrea Deas, according to a news release from the South Carolina 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
On Oct. 9, 2016, a neighbor called 911 after seeing the Deas’ home engulfed in flames on Marigold Street in Edgefield County, according to the news release.
Firefighters who arrived on the scene located the Deas’ badly burned bodies in a bedroom where the fire originated.
Crews also described entering the home and locating several deceased dogs in the living room prior to locating the couple in the bedroom, the release states.
Firefighters also retrieved the barrel of a .22 rifle in what was left of the mattress springs.
An autopsy was conducted Oct. 11, 2016 and determined the couple died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest area, according to the release.
Testimony at the trial stated both were shot from the back and were dead prior to their bodies being set on fire.
Testimony also included statements made by Thomas that put him at the victims’ home during the time period of their deaths.
Family members of the victims asked the court for the maximum sentence and described the sense of betrayal they felt at the hands of Thomas.
Charles and Andrea Deas.