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Mary Ann Chastain  /  AP
A police officer stands watch at a public housing complex where police found the bodies of three adults inside a drainage pipe on Thursday in Columbia, S.C.
updated 11/2/2006 11:56:58 PM ET 2006-11-03T04:56:58

Three people were found slain Thursday in a drainage pipe near an apartment complex, and a former boyfriend of one of the victims was charged with murder, police said.

The bodies of a woman who had been stabbed to death and two men who had been fatally shot were found by a neighbor near the woman’s apartment, officials said.

Three murder warrants were issued Thursday against Charles Gamble, 24, who was the woman’s ex-boyfriend and the father of her son, Police Chief Dean Crisp said.

Gamble, who turned himself in earlier Thursday for questioning, also will be charged with first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, he said.

“We are confident we have the individual responsible for these tragic murders,” Crisp said.

Investigators were reviewing several potential motives, including a possible domestic dispute, police said.

Rodrena Patrick, 20, who lives in the apartment complex, said she was a close friend of Gamble’s former girlfriend, Charlene Octavia Yarbrough, 19. She said Gamble had been living at the complex until the couple got into a fight about a month ago.

The couple’s child had been taken into protective custody, she said.

The other victims were identified as Marcus Antonio Wilson, 26, and Marquis Mitchell, 25.

Gamble, who has a criminal record dating back to a 2000 grand larceny charge, was on probation for a stalking conviction, Crisp said.

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