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West Columbia man accused in shooting death

A West Columbia man is accused of shooting a man to death last month.

Mark Anthony Festus Scheibler

Mark Anthony Festus Scheibler, 46, will be charged with murder, arson and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants.

“Based on evidence investigators collected and interviews detectives conducted with witnesses, Scheibler fatally shot Jimmy Ferney Johnson at Mr. Johnson’s home on Mac Circle about 7 a.m. Nov. 27,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Ferney also set fire to Mr. Johnson’s camper that was near his home.”

A series of community tips helped detectives identify Scheibler as a suspect in the case, according to Koon.

“At the outset of our investigation, we had very little information to go on,” Koon said. “We’re thankful to those in our community who stepped up with anonymous tips. Those proved to be very helpful to us.”

Investigators said Scheibler is being held in Richland County on charges stemming from another case. Detectives expect Scheibler to be formally charged in Lexington County later this week.