Terrance Thomas has been charged with two counts of murder, police said. (Source: Greenwood Police Dept.)
Terrance Thomas appears before a Greenwood judge. (Nov. 15, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Elizabeth Bourne and Danielle Graham (Source: Greenwood County Sheriff's Office and Graham's family)
Hotel where the bodies were found in Greenwood. (Nov. 13, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Police have confirmed that a man is charged in connection with the double homicide at a motel in Greenwood on Wednesday.
Terrance Lamont Thomas was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with two counts of murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to an officer with the Greenwood Police Department.
According to warrants, Thomas told someone that he had committed the crime and "gave details about the incident that only the perpetrator would have known."
Investigators found the women dead at the Extended Stay Motel on Montague Avenue after an employee called 911.
A desk clerk, Gina Robinson, said a maintenance worker saw the door to Room 236 slightly open Wednesday around 5 p.m.
"The stuff that's happening is just unreal," Robinson said.
Robinson said after seeing the door, the maintenance worker asked her if someone was renting the room and she said no. Robinson said the employee went back to the room to lock the door, but when he pushed the door to check out the situation, he couldn't open it.
That's when Robinson said the maintenance worker told her he saw the body of a woman. Robinson said he then called 911 and when police arrived they found another body.
"I'm hoping that people don't look at this as, you know, as not to come here because this really is a safe motel. Whoever did this, I don't know, they just make it hard to trust anybody," Robinson said.
FOX Carolina has learned one of the women found dead checked into the room next door to the crime scene on Friday and had plans to check out on Nov. 16.
Coroner Sonny Cox identified them as 33-year-old Elizabeth Bourne, of Greenwood, and 38-year-old Danielle Graham, of Ware Shoals.
Cox said both victims died of a single gunshot wound and the incident is being investigated as a double homicide.
Witnesses said Thomas admitted to shooting Bourne and then shooting Graham as she was trying to get out of the room, the warrants said.
Police have not said when Thomas was accused of shooting the women. Thomas appeared before a judge Friday morning and denied bond.
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