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Charleston police arrest suspect in Huger Street homicide

November 11, 2017 GMT

Charleston police have arrested a suspect in the homicide that occurred earlier this month beneath the Huger Street overpass.

Quinton Lee Capers, 25, of King Street, is charged with murder, police spokesman Charles Francis said Friday. Capers is being held in the Cannon Detention Center.

A worker near 314 Huger St. found the body of a man about 9 a.m. Nov. 2 underneath an Interstate 26 overpass. The man, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities have said he is thought to have been beaten to death. Police have not divulged a possible motive for the killing.

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The Charleston Police Department said in a report that a blunt object was used in the man’s slaying. His body had obvious signs of trauma stemming from an assault, the police added.

He was described in the report only as “John Doe,” a black man.

Capers has a criminal record dating back to 2010, with convictions for third-degree assault and battery and malicious injury to property, according to State Law Enforcement Division records.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about his slaying can call 843-743-7200 and ask for an on-duty Charleston detective. Tipsters can remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a reward by contacting Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.