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Aiken County authorities have arrested a yard man in the death of 72-year-old Howard Goode, whose body was found in his bed by his caregiver at lunchtime Thursday at 450 Cherokee Drive in Clearwater.

In a story first reported by The Jail Report, 38-year-old Michael Henderson, 38, of North Augusta, is being held on murder and armed robbery charges.

The suspect worked for the victim as a yard man, and the motive was believed to be robbery, sheriff’s Capt. Troy Elwell said. He said the sheriff’s office is waiting on autopsy results today before discussing how the victim was killed.

Coroner Tim Carlton said the victim appears to have suffered injuries “not consistent with a natural death” and the caregiver told investigators the victim “did not look right” when she found him, a report states.

Henderson was arrested by the sheriff’s office Thursday morning at about 3 a.m. for an unrelated armed robbery, which occurred at the Ashley Motel at 4874 Jefferson Davis Highway. According to the clerk, Henderson entered the Ashley Motel at approximately 2:45 am armed with two handguns and demanded money. During the robbery Henderson made a statement to the clerk the he had already killed one person.

Deputy’s arrived on the scene, confronted Henderson and took him into custody without incident. Henderson would not provide any further information about his statement to the clerk, when questioned by officers.

Henderson is a repeat offender with previous charges for cocaine possession, burglary and assault. Here are his current charges:

Ashley Motel Incident Charges-Armed Robbery, Disorderly Conduct, Simple Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Crime, Malicious Injury to Real Property.

Cherokee Drive Incident Charges- Murder, Burglary 1st Degree, Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Crime.

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