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Elgin man charged with attempted murder

Posted: December 7, 2017 4:13 p.m.
Updated: December 8, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Steven Wayne Lee Jr.

An Elgin man is behind bars, charged with attempted murder, after he allegedly tried to run over two people with a pickup truck.

According to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) press release, at about 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, KCSO deputies arrested Steven Wayne Lee Jr., of Watts Hill Road, Elgin, on arrest warrants charging him with two counts of attempted murder.

According to the press release, on Dec. 1, at about 9:30 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a residence on Watts Hill Road following the report that two individuals had been intentionally run over by a GMC pickup truck being operated by Steven Lee Jr. Responding deputies interviewed the two victims, who stated that following a verbal altercation between Lee and themselves at a residence on Watts Hill Road, Lee departed in his truck, drove down the road, turned around, and drove off the road into a front yard where the two victims were standing. Both victims were struck by the truck.

According to the press release, Lee then drove a short way down Watts Hill Road, where his truck broke down. He was reportedly seen by the victim’s relatives as he allegedly tried to remove the license plate from his truck. When confronted by relatives of the victim, he fled on foot, according to the press release. 

Both of the victims knew Lee personally and provided the KCSO investigator with his name, according to the press release. 

Further interviews of the victims and witnesses confirmed the story behind the incident, according to the press release. The KCSO investigator obtained arrest warrants for Lee, charging him with two counts of attempted murder. He was arrested on the morning of Dec. 3, at his home, under which he was hiding, according to the press release.

Both of the victims received non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Kershaw Health where they were treated and released, according to the press release.

Lee remains incarcerated at the Kershaw County Detention Center after having his bond denied, according to the press release.

Lee has been previously arrested for auto breaking and grand larceny, trespassing, felony DUI, driving under suspension (multiple counts), giving false information, possession of cocaine, driving under the influence (multiple counts), open container (multiple counts), public disorderly conduct, simple assault and battery, assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest (felony), arson, resisting arrest (misdemeanor), malicious injury to personal property, violation of ABC law, breach of peace, possession of drug paraphernalia and hit and run with property damage, according to the press release.

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