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Union County man tries to hire inmates to kill witness in murder case

A Union County man in jail, accused in two murders that occurred 24 years apart, is facing more charges after officials say he tried to hire fellow inmates to kill a witness in one of his pending trials.

Deputies served solicitation charges against 61-year-old Eddie Clyde Helms on Wednesday night.

Helms has been in the Union County jail since August 2014, charged in the August 2012 slaying of Charles Ronald Godwin and an open Anson County murder case from November 1988.

The victim in the 1988 Anson County case was John Terow Griffin III of Peachland. Investigators say anger and jealousy were common denominators in the cases.

Officials say the new charges came after Helms tried to hire two different inmates to kill a witness in one of the coming trials. They did not say how deputies found out about Helms’ efforts.

Helms is being held in jail without bail.