Update: 19-Year-Old Charged with Murder in Lexington Shooting

Deputies have made an arrest.

Update, 5:18 p.m.: Deputies arrested a 19-year-old man who they say shot and killed a 56-year-old man Wednesday morning at his home on Emma Drive.

Jeffrey O'Neal Kight Jr. of 111 Emma Drive is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies say around 6:45 a.m., Kight fired one round from a shotgun through a glass window outside William Rush Falls' home at 115 Emma Drive. The shotgun round broke through the window, hit Falls in the face and neck and killed him, according to the sheriff's department. 

A surveillance camera system that Falls had installed outside his home shows that Kight was standing in the backyard of Falls’ home at about 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to the sheriff's department. The video also shows him standing at the side window just before the shotgun was fired from that location. 

When detectives executed a serach warrant at Kight's house, they found one shotgun and one expended shotgun shell in his bedroom, Sheriff James Metts said. Ballistics tests will be conducted to determine whether the shotgun was used in the fatal shooting of Falls.

Kight was booked at the Lexington County Detention Center around 11:48 p.m. Wednesday. He is being held there awaiting a bond hearing. 

Under South Carolina law, a circuit judge has to conduct a bond hearing for Kight 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 Kight.

Deputies are still investigating the motive for the fatal shooting.

The sheriff asks anyone with information about Kight or the fatal shooting of Falls to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at 803-785-8230 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. 

Update, 4:20 p.m.: Deputies arrested a 19-year-old man who they say shot and killed a 56-year-old man Wednesday at his home on Emma Drive.

Jeffrey O'Neal Kight Jr. is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Authorities identified the 56-year-old man as William Rush Falls.

Original story: Lexington County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a 56-year-old who was shot dead in his home, WIS-TV reports. 

Deputies responded to a possible disturbance Wednesday morning and discovered a body in a home on Emma Drive in Lexington. 

Authorities identified the man as William Rush Falls.

Deputies have made an arrest, according to the report.

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Patch will update this story as soon as more information is available. 

Leah Ramsey March 15, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Kight had broken into his home several times and that's why he installed the cameras.
Laura March 15, 2013 at 05:16 PM
So that's why he killed him. Knight probably blamed him for all of his home and legal issues. I feel sorry for both families involved.
Leah Ramsey March 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM
His last name is KIGHT not Knight - they were saying Knight on the news last night too. Senseless :{
jason adams March 19, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Well he was my cousin and his family has been thru enough his nephew was murded at begging of may bout fice yrs ago. ...i hope they throw the book at the lil punk damn kids these days he better hope he stays outa union s.c.cause if i ever see him i will make him wish lexington county or my cuz woulda shot his wanna b punk self
rebecca March 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM
First i would like to send condolences to the family of Mr. FALLS...may GOD be with you! And by no means am I trying to justify the acts of Jeffrey but I will say this....he was a troubled teen that took the wrong path in life. He was very close to our family and we still love him as our family. Instead of bashing him, all I ask is to pray for him as well. This child has had emotional problems since early childhood and did NOT receive the help he needed. My son is a UNITED STATES MARINE and loves him like a brother and tried very hard to help him but this is very hard for him to accept as well. To Kayla and Big Jeff, our prayers are with you as well!


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