South Carolina Man Dies While Burying Woman He Strangled

A man from South Carolina died while burying the woman he strangled in the backyard of their home. According to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, 60 year old Joseph McKinnon strangled a woman and tried to bury her in the backyard of their home but had a ‘cardiac event’ in the process of covering the hole and died. Deputies responded to the home in Trenton on Saturday morning on calls of an unresponsive man lying in his yard. Deputies say McKinnon had no signs of trauma and ‘natural causes were suspected’. As deputies notified his next of kin, a second body identified as 65 year old Patricia Dent was discovered in the freshly dug grave. Dent appeared to have died by foul play and an investigation is underway.