The second suspect wanted in the shooting death of a West Columbia woman found lying in the street last week is now in custody.
But Lexington County Sheriff's Major John Allard says the 24-year-old Columbia man was found nowhere near the Midlands.
“Detectives and fugitive investigators developed information that John Hart traveled to Rome, New York, from Columbia after Hart fatally shot Paula Justice,” Allard says. “Rome Police Department detectives and patrol officers arrested Hart and 2:40 p.m. on Thursday in Rome.”
Hart is being held at the Oneida County Correctional Facility while awaiting an extradition hearing to determine when he'll be returned to Lexington County to face a murder charge.
Investigators say Hart shot the 43-year-old victim the night of April 10th after arranging to meet with Justice, then left her for dead along Lumberjack Drive.
No motive has been given in the shooting.
Tuesday, police arrested 20-year-old Tevin Deloach on murder charges.
He reportedly drove Hart and Justice to Lumberjack Drive, then drove Hart away from the crime scene after the shooting.