Meet David Adam Pate, 24, of Lancaster, S.C., charged with the murder of Rickey W. James, 33, after the two allegedly went into the woods together, and only Pate returned. Weeks later, children playing in those woods found James’ badly decomposed remains, according to deputies. Pate was already in jail for disorderly conduct, and is now charged with murder.
After Pate’s arrest, Sheriff Barry Faile announced, “Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Mr. James. We are thankful that we were able to solve this case so quickly. Our investigators did a great job putting this case together. We suspected Pate almost immediately, but had to wait on lab results to prove it. We are thankful he is in jail where he belongs.”
Police have not announced a motive for the murder.