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Coroner: Man beaten to death by brother

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Investigators near the scene of where a body was found in Prosperity Sunday morning. (Mar. 3, 2013/FOX Carolina) Investigators near the scene of where a body was found in Prosperity Sunday morning. (Mar. 3, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Daryl Richburg. (Newberry Co. Sheriff's Office) Daryl Richburg. (Newberry Co. Sheriff's Office)
PROSPERITY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Newberry County deputies along with the coroner were investigating the death of a Prosperity man reported missing Saturday whose body was found a day later.

Deputies said the body was found in a wooded area off of Maple Knoll Court in Prosperity about 11 a.m., which is located off SC Highway 391.

Deputies later identified the body as Walter Tom Hawkins Jr., 56, of 126 Richburg Ln., who was missing since Friday evening.

Sheriff Lee Foster told FOX Carolina the body was discovered a half mile away from Hawkins' residence.

Investigators said there were indications of foul play, finding blood near Hawkins' home. They said he was last believed to be with his brother, 49-year-old Daryl Richburg, Friday night. State investigators' helicopter was brought in to assist in the investigation as they searched throughout the night for both men.

Deputies said they believe Hawkins and Richburg got into a fight and alcohol was involved, leading to Hawkins' death. Deputies said Hawkins' family spotted Richburg Sunday morning near their home and detained him until police could arrive and arrest him.

Investigators said that the family was instrumental in their cooperation and assistance in the case.

Deputies charged Richburg with murder. He is being held at the county jail awaiting a bond hearing.

Following an autopsy on Monday, Coroner Craig Newton said Hawkins was beaten to death resulting in a brain laceration.

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