Thursday, March 15, 2012

Gaffney, SC: Police seek boyfriend accused of killing Gaffney woman

GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Gaffney police are looking for a North Carolina man accused of killing his Gaffney girlfriend Wednesday night.

Coroner Dennis Fowler said 44-year-old Alene Ellis was shot in the head and died shortly after she arrived at her Camellia Circle home about 10:35 p.m.

Fowler said Ellis was shot as she entered through the door by someone believed to have already been inside the home. He said she died shortly after she had an "alleged incident" with her boyfriend.

Gaffney police charged Ellis' boyfriend 30-year-old Joseph Satterwhite, of Greensboro, NC, with murder. They said he is wanted, and considered armed and dangerous.

Police said when they arrived at Ellis' home they found her unresponsive and suffering from gunshot wounds to the head. Investigators spoke with witnesses who said Satterwhite shot Ellis then ran from the scene.

Investigators said another witness said he picked Satterwhite up a short time later, and being unaware of the shooting, drove him to Cowpens and let him out.

Police described Satterwhite as a 6-feet, 3-inches tall black male weighing 240 pounds. They said he lives on Overbrook Drive and has a North Carolina drivers license.

Fowler said an autopsy is scheduled for later Thursday.

Spartanburg County deputies were called in to look for Satterwhite early Thursday morning after Cherokee County deputies told them that he was hiding in the tree line behind the Three Oaks Apartments in Cowpens.

According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office report, Satterwhite was wearing a white T-shirt, blue and white shorts but was not found in the tree line or the reported apartment.

Deputies said a canine unit from Cherokee County tracked Satterwhite near the apartments but was did not find him.

Anyone with information on his location is asked to call Gaffney Police Department at 864-489-8115.

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