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Cops: S.C. man killed his mom with sword

/ Source: The Associated Press

A South Carolina man killed his mother with a sword after the two argued late Sunday night in the home they shared, police said.

Laura Ferrante, 51, was cut several times with the sword. The fatal wound was a large slash to her neck and head, authorities said.

A neighbor called police after Ferrante's adult daughter found her bleeding on the floor and ran to a neighbor's home, saying her brother had driven away, said Georgetown County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Neil Johnson.

An officer saw the car and pulled over 29-year-old Jonathan Maurice White, who was arrested and charged with murder, Johnson said.

Johnson wouldn't say what type of sword was used to kill Ferrante and said investigators haven't determined what the mother and son were arguing about.

White was in jail awaiting a bond hearing, and officials didn't know if he had a lawyer. A woman who answered the phone at his home about 75 miles northeast of Charleston declined to speak to a reporter.

A neighbor said Ferrante had been struggling with her son for years, trying to help him keep a job and helping him out of scrapes with law enforcement.

"He seemed to be in trouble all the time," said James Vereen, who lives several doors down.