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Major John Allard, PIO Office, 785-2415, 24-Hour Press Box: 799-2001, Ext. 1100

Man Wanted on Murder Charge in Fatal Shooting


Lexington County Sheriff’s Department fugitive investigators are searching for a 24-year-old Columbia man who is 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 investigators are requesting help from citizens in locating John Christopher Hart, 24, of 5 Pine Shadow Court, Columbia. Hart is 5-foot-11 and weighs 155 pounds. Hart has black hair and brown eyes.

The arrest warrant alleges that at about 11:15 p.m. on April 10 Hart acted with malice aforethought when Hart shot Paula Denise Justice, 43, in her upper torso with a firearm on Lumberjack Drive, Metts said. Detectives determined that Justice had arranged to meet with Hart, who was an acquaintance, at about 10:15 p.m. on April 10.

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 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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