An Aiken County man will spend his life behind bars following a double homicide where the bodies were burned in their house, according to a news release from the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Dameion Edwin Thomas, 38, from Aiken County was found guilty of the murders of Charles “Buddy” and Andrea “Andie” Deas by an Edgefield County jury this week. Circuit Judge Frank Addy Jr. sentenced Thomas to life on both counts of murder.

On Oct. 9, 2016 a neighbor called 911 after seeing the Deas’ home aflame on Marigold Street in Edgefield County, the release said. Firefighters found the bodies of Buddy and Andie in the bedroom, along with the barrel of a .22-caliber rifle.

An autopsy found the pair died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest, the release said. At trial, the forensic pathologist testified they were shot from the back and were dead prior to being burned.

Thomas was a person of interest because he had been caught on camera driving the Deas’ vehicle and using their debit card during a time period when they would have been dead, the release said. Thomas killed them shortly after lunchtime on Oct. 9, 2016 drove their vehicle for several hours and came back in the evening to set them on fire in the bedroom, the release said.

The state’s case was handled by assistant solicitors Robby McNair and Sutania Fuller.