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Boyfriend charged in late July killing of Rock Hill woman

More than two months after the fatal shooting of a Rock Hill woman, police have charged her boyfriend in the killing, Rock Hill police said Friday.

Police charged Kenward Anthony Roscoe, 28, of Charlotte with murder in connection with the July death of 26-year-old Amanda Rea Beaty, according to an arrest warrant served Thursday.

Lt. Jerry Waldrop of the Rock Hill Police Department said Roscoe gave conflicting stories related to the fatal shooting, which was the department's first homicide of the year.

"His statements changed drastically," Waldrop said. "Evidence collected at the scene led us to arresting him and charging him with murder."

Roscoe also faces a charge of possession of a firearm during a violent crime, a second warrant notes.

A bond hearing will be scheduled at a later date, according to the press release from the Police Department.

Roscoe's charges stem from a shooting that happened on July 29. Police reports note Roscoe was inside the house at 474 Cummings St. during the shooting that left Beaty with multiple shot wounds, including one to her head.

Police later determined that Beaty and Roscoe were on the front porch when the shooting occurred. Several men in a mid-1990s Taurus sat in front of Beaty's home, but shots were not fired from the car, Waldrop previously told The Herald. Instead, he said, the men witnessed the shooting.

Officials found Beaty lying on her front porch. Interim York County Coroner Sabrina Gast previously said Beaty had gunshot wounds "everywhere."

Arrest warrants note Roscoe shot Beaty with a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

According to police reports, authorities interviewed Roscoe three times, but inconsistencies hampered their investigation. However, authorities said, forensic evidence, witness statements and other aspects of the investigation pointed to Roscoe as the shooter.

Police are not clear about a possible motive in the shooting, Waldrop said. He also did not give specific information about whether the weapon was recovered or how many shells were found, citing the ongoing investigation.

In early August, Roscoe was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice. A warrant notes Roscoe concealed knowledge and details pertaining to Beaty's death.

Bond was set at $25,000 for that charge, and Roscoe remained in jail at York County Detention Center until this week, when he was taken back to jail in Rock Hill and served with warrants for his latest charges.

Roscoe's bond and first court date for the latest charges had not been set Friday night.

Prior to his initial arrest, Roscoe's criminal record reflected only a driving violation, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. He remained in custody Friday night at the York County Detention Center.

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