Deputies have arrested a man accused of beating another man to death then burning his Slater-Marietta home Monday.
Greenville County deputies were called to the home on Trammell Road near Talley Bridge Road about 2 a.m. after the Slater-Marietta Fire Department requested their help when a man's body, identified as 54-year-old Robert Neloms, was found inside.
Firefighters were first called to the home about midnight and it took them several hours to get it under control, deputies said.
Deputies said they arrested 48-year-old Gregory McCarson in connection with the man's death, who died from blunt force trauma.
Deputies said they were investigating both the arson and death - which they called suspicious - and following the autopsy they ruled it a homicide.
The victim died before the home was set on fire, deputies said. Investigators said McCarson stole the victim's truck after killing him and setting the home on fire, then wrecked and abandoned it about 10 a.m. where they found him on foot near Interstate 85 and Interstate 185.
Deputies said McCarson admitted to getting into a verbal fight with the victim before taking his car and crashing.
McCarson is being held at the Greenville County Detention Center and is scheduled to have a bond hearing about 9:30 p.m. He was charged with murder and deputies said additional charges are pending.
Neighbor Keith Gosnell saw the flames from his house Monday and called 911.
"He was a real good guy. He didn't bother anyone. He didn't hurt anyone. If were walking and he saw you he would wave and everything was alright," said Gosnell, who was visibly shaken by the news of his neighbor's murder.
Investigators will remain at the home for most of the day as their investigation continues, deputies said.
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