LEXINGTON COUNTY,SC (WACH)-According to a report from the Lexington County Sheriff??s Department, detectives arrested a 25-year-old West Columbia man on charges that the man fatally shot a 72-year-old Gilbert man on July 28 at the 72-year-old man??s home on Juniper Springs Road near Gilbert.
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives obtained arrest warrants for a 26-year-old Pelion man who is wanted in connection with the shooting. A tip that was received through CrimeStoppers helped detectives find the suspects Metts says were involved in the fatal shooting.
Detectives arrested Jeremy Seldon Brady, 25, of Half Moon Drive, West Columbia, at about 4 a.m. on Friday at his home, Metts said. Brady was arrested on arrest warrants on charges of murder, armed robbery and first-degree burglary. Brady was being held on Friday at the Lexington County Detention Center.
Detectives are searching for Nicholas Scott Williams, 26, of Pelion, Metts said. Williams is wanted on arrest warrants on charges of murder, armed robbery and first-degree burglary. Williams is 6-foot-2 and weighs 190 pounds. Williams has light brown hair and green eyes.
Arrest warrants say on the morning of July 28 Brady and Williams went to the home of Robert Lewis Mitchell, Sr., 72, at Juniper Springs Road under the pretense of buying prescription painkillers from Mitchell, Metts said. Brady and
Williams previously had bought prescription painkillers from Mitchell at Mitchell??s home.
Arrest warrants further say that Brady and Williams went to Mitchell??s home with the intent to rob Mitchell of money and prescription painkillers and then shoot Mitchell with a shotgun, Metts said. Metts also said Brady and Williams acted with malice aforethought when they shot and killed Mitchell, shooting Mitchell multiple times in his upper torso. Brady and Williams then stole money, a safe, credit cards and prescription painkillers that belonged to Mitchell.
In addition, arrest warrants allege that Brady and Williams brought items that they stole from Mitchell??s home to Brady??s residence following the fatal shooting, Metts said.
Detectives executed a search warrant at Brady??s home and recovered the safe that was stolen from Mitchell??s home in a motor vehicle that Brady and Williams used to commit the fatal shooting.
Detectives also recovered a shotgun and ammunition for the shotgun at Brady??s home, Metts said. Ballistics tests will be conducted on the shotgun in order to determine whether the shotgun was used to fatally shoot Mitchell.
The Sheriff??s Department was called about the shooting at about 9 a.m. on July 28 after Mitchell??s son, Robert Lewis Mitchell, Jr., of Lexington. Mitchell found his father wounded at his father??s home, Metts said. Deputies found Robert Lewis Mitchell, Sr. lying on his back on a floor inside his bedroom at the residence.
Under South Carolina law, a circuit judge would have to conduct a bond hearing for Brady in general sessions court because murder carries a punishment of life in prison, Metts said. The 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor??s Office has not yet scheduled a bond hearing for Brady.
Metts asked anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Williams to call the Lexington County Sheriff??s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff??s Department web site ( www.Lexington sheriff.com ).