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November 26, 2013

A man accused of murdering his friend is getting a brief moment of fame due to his mutilated face being circulated on the Internet.

David Adam Pate had his tongue surgically split and a gang notation, 974, tattooed on his neck.

Pate is accused of killing a friend, dumping his body in a wooded area where it was found by children.

Sheriff: Man charged with murder after kids find body in wooded area

By Chris Dyches /

LANCASTER, SC (WBTV) - Deputies in Lancaster have charged a man with murder after children found a body while playing in the woods last week.

According to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to a wooded area around Mullis Circle and Wade Street on Saturday just before 1 p.m.

Deputies say a group of children playing in the woods found a "badly decomposed" body in the woods.

Investigators say the body was identified as 33-year-old Rickey W. James, of Wallace.

According to investigators, James went into the woods with 24-year-old David Adam Pate five weeks ago. While they were there, investigators say Pate killed James and concealed his body under a pile of brush.

Pate was charged with Murder Friday morning and is being held in the Lancaster County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.  He was arrested nearly two weeks ago for disorderly conduct on and has been jailed since on that charge.

The Sheriff's Office has not determined a motive for the murder in the case.
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