ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC – Malcolm Williams out on bond for a separate stabbing is now facing possible charges for stabbing his girlfriend to death on Wednesday. Malcolm Williams, 24, was taken into custody Thursday morning for questioning in connection with the death of a Wagener woman.
“This is a tragic situation in which a young lady lost her life,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. “We are thankful our investigators and SLED agents were able to take this individual into custody and get him off the streets.” Ravenell went on to say that Williams was considered armed and dangerous at the time he was apprehended in Orangeburg County.
The sheriff said the exhaustive investigation by Orangeburg County detectives determined the actual stabbing, however, took place in Batesburg-Leesville before the woman was driven to Orangeburg County.
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators continue to work with the Batesburg-Leesville authorities, who will be the charging agency should a murder charge be sought.
Meantime, the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office has identified 21-year-old Lateefah S. Williams, of 4537 Festival Trail Road in Wagener, as the victim in the case. The woman died as a result of blood loss caused by multiple stab wounds around her upper body, authorities said.
While the two share the same last name, they are not believed to have been related.
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators were notified just before 7 p.m. after Williams called 911 himself , who said he had “killed his girlfriend and left her body in the woods,” the incident report states.
Relatives of the Delray Road man told arriving officers that Williams also stated to them he had killed his girlfriend before leaving her body at a remote location off Bricin Drive less than a mile away.
OCSO investigators searching the Bricin Drive area spotted a vehicle about 200 yards off the roadway in a wooded area. When they approached what turned out to be a Chevrolet, they found a woman in grass on the side of the vehicle.
Investigators checked the woman for any signs of life but realized she was deceased, the report states.
Williams was taken into custody at a relative’s residence near North by OCSO investigators and agents with the State Law Enforcement Division. Williams was out on a personal recognizance bond for an similar incident reported in January.
According to that January 30 incident report, Williams called 911 to report he had stabbed a relative. Williams told investigators then he had stabbed a 27-year-old man after an argument over food, the report states.
Williams was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. At the time of Wednesday’s stabbing, he was out on a $1,092 personal recognizance bond set after the January stabbing.
Lateefah Williams called the OCSO in July 0f 2014 after a spat with Malcom. She said the two were involved in an verbal argument. Lateefah Williams asked deputies to provide her an escort to retrieve her personal property from Williams’ residence.