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Detectives Arrest Man in Connection with Fatal Shooting


Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives on Tuesday, April 16 arrested a 20-year-old Columbia man whom detectives determined accompanied a 24-year-old Columbia man who remains wanted on an arrest warrant on a charge of murder in connection with the fatal shooting on April 10 of a 43-year-old woman on Lumberjack Drive near West Columbia.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives arrested Tevin Xavier Deloach, 20, of 245 Manor View Court, Columbia, on an arrest warrant on a charge of murder. Deloach was booked at the Lexington County Detention Center at 1:29 a.m. on Tuesday.

Deloach was being held on Tuesday at the county Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing, Metts said. Under South Carolina law, a circuit judge would have to conduct a bond hearing for Deloach in general sessions court because murder carries a punishment of life in prison. The 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office has not scheduled a bond hearing for Deloach.

An arrest warrant alleges that Deloach accompanied John Christopher Hart, 24, of 5 Pine Shadow Court, Columbia, at about 11:15 p.m. on April 10, when Hart acted with malice aforethought in shooting Paula Denise Justice, 43, in her upper torso with a firearm on Lumberjack Drive. Detectives determined that Justice had arranged to meet with Hart, who was an acquaintance, at about 10:15 p.m. on April 10.

Sheriff’s Department fugitive investigators are continuing to search for Hart, Metts said. Hart is 5-foot-11 and weighs 155 pounds. Hart has black hair and brown eyes.

An arrest warrant further alleges that Deloach drove Hart in a 1993 Lincoln Town Car to pick up Justice, drove Hart and Justice to Lumberjack Drive and later drove Hart to a location where Hart and Deloach parked and abandoned the Lincoln Town Car, Metts said.

On April 10, two men who were working to repossess a motor vehicle heard a gunshot and minutes later found Justice lying severely injured on Lumberjack Drive, Metts said. The men reported the incident to the Lexington County Communications Center at 11:19 p.m. on April 10.

Metts asked anyone with information about Deloach, Hart, Hart’s whereabouts or the fatal shooting of Justice to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can report information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).



 


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