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MONROE, N.C. -- A Marshville man was charged in connection with two murders that occurred 24 years apart, according to the Union County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office charged Eddie Clyde Helms with the August 2012 murder of Charles Ronald Godwin, and also in an open Anson County murder case from November 1988. The victim in the 1988 Anson County case is John Terow Griffin III.

Helms, 61, of Fountain Hill Church Road, was taken into custody by members of the Sheriff's Office Special Response Team Tuesday morning. SRT simultaneously executed a search warrant on the residence, where agents with the State Bureau of Investigation and Sheriff's detectives are now currently processing the scene and collecting evidence.

The two cases, though separated by nearly 24 years, bear several striking similarities. Both came in the wake of several other - unrelated - murders that year in their respective counties, and both involve the victim being shot in the back, according to authorities.

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