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Deputies: Woman found stabbed to death, husband charged with murder

LANCASTER, SC (WBTV) -

The husband of a Lancaster County woman is recovering in the hospital, accused of murdering his wife early Monday morning.

Yellow crime scene tape and investigators covered the couple's house in the 2600 block of Home Place Lane after deputies say John Ghent killed his wife, Elaine Ghent.

"Our officers got down there, secured the scene and found a white female in the bedroom that had been stabbed," said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.

Relatives, who didn't want to go on camera, told WBTV the couple was having marital problems and authorities were called to the home recently.

Sheriff Faile says his men didn't have enough evidence to arrest Ghent for any incident before today.

"He's never been charged with domestic violence or anything. Have we received calls from there in the past? Yes we have, but he's never been arrested with any kind of domestic violence before," said Sheriff Faile.

"The most dangerous time in a domestic violence relationship is when an abused person is preparing to leave. That's the most volatile time," Safe Passage Executive Director Jada Charley.

Safe Passage is an organization in Rock Hill that provides services for domestic violence victims.

Charley says if you're in an abusive relationship, you should reach out to an agency like hers immediately and seek guidance to remove yourself from the situation.

"It's a good idea to call the domestic violence service agency in your area, so they can help you prepare a safety plan that you can leave the relationship safely," said Charley.

John Ghent is charged with murder.

Ghent is recovering at an area hospital after deputies say he fought with another family member who found Elaine Ghent's body.

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