Suspect in 3 killings cut wrists, police say

Jeffrey Eaddy, 30, was arrested in Mexico Beach, Fla.

NEW ZION — Two green vans crossed the crime scene tape Monday and drove past the barbed wire fence that lines the outside of the recycling center in Clarendon County.

A man and woman suited up, putting on blue surgical gloves and masks to clean the property where authorities believe Jeffrey Eady, 30, of New Zion, shot and killed 65-year-old Maybell White on Thursday. The center, located across the street from Eady’s home at 527 Subdivision Road, had been shut down since White’s death, one of three killings attributed to Eady.

Eady is also accused of killing another elderly New Zion woman and an Adams Run convenience store clerk before going on the run, prompting a massive multi-state manhunt, according to investigators.

Eady was tracked down and arrested in Mexico Beach, Fla. on Saturday and he is currently detained in Clarendon County.

On Monday he was hospitalized after trying to cut his wrists, Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett said. Eady is expected to survive the attempt and will be placed under heavy guard, Garrett said.

Earlier Monday a magistrate judge set bail for credit card fraud charges against Eady, according to Garrett. No bail was set for the murder charges, as only a circuit judge can set bail on such charges, and that may not happen until next week.

It remains unclear where Eady will be prosecuted . Garrett said one location will likely be chosen for prosecuting all three cases. The solicitor’s offices will determine that later, he said.

Sadie Brown, 77, of New Zion was found dead in the Clarendon County forest on Sunday, three days after she had been reported missing.

Eady had been last seen with Brown. He was known to drive her to doctor’s appointments, an incident report stated.

Brown had moved into the home of Jeffrey Eady’s father, Leon, on 527 Subdivision Road, according to the report.

Eady is also accused of killing Crystal Johnson, 37, of Adams Run at the D&V Convenience store on Savannah Highway on Thursday.

Dave Munday contributed to this report.