Lexington teen charged with murder

Isaac Burton Hidalgo (Lexington County Sheriff's Department)

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – A teen has been arrested and charged with murder in connection to a fatal shooting Sunday night in a Columbia neighborhood, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

Nineteen-year-old Isaac Burton Hidalgo is also charged with possessing a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants.

The victim has also been identified as 36-year-old Justin Steven Simons by Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher.

“We’re working to determine more about the relationship between the victim and the suspect but, based on what we know now, this wasn’t a random act,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “These two knew each other from previous drug deals.”

Simons was shot multiple times in the upper body in front of his home in the 200 block of Stirlington Road, according to Koon. Deputies responded to the scene around 8:15 p.m. Sunday night and sound Simons’ body a short distance from his home.

“Investigators had a solid lead soon after the shooting,” Koon said. “Hidalgo was arrested without incident at a friend’s house in Columbia about 1:00 this morning.”

Hidalgo is being held in the Lexington County Detention Center while he awaits a bond hearing scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Monday.

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