Lancaster man accused of beating wife to death with hammer


LANCASTER, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) — A Lancaster man has been charged with the murder of his wife after her body was found inside their home on Sunday reportedly bludgeoned to death with a hammer, police said. 

The Lancaster Police Department said Mildred Arnold’s body was found inside her home at 213 South York Street and appeared to have suffered severe physical trauma consistent with that of a physical assault. 

Police said Arnold’s husband, Matthew Alman, had given false information to other family members concerning her whereabouts and activities over the past 24 hours. 

During the course of the investigation, police said Alman was charged with an unrelated offense. During the booking process, a substance suspected of being blood was found on clothing worn by Alman. A search of the scene was also conducted. 

Police said during the search a pair of boots, believed to belong to Alman, was located which also appeared to have blood on them. A framing hammer was also located in the home. Police said this hammer appeared to have blood and hair attached to it, and is believed to be the murder weapon. 

Alman has officially been charged with murder and remains incarcerated without bond. 

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