Richland County Sheriff’s Department


RCSD Arrests James Moses Thomas for Murder and Arson

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of James Moses Thomas (DOB: 07/10/1987) charged with murder and arson. Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Thomas on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 on the 1700 block of Morninglo Lane.

On Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at approximately 12:00 PM on the 1700 block of Morninglo Lane, Richland County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a house fire where a deceased victim was located by the Columbia Fire Department. Deputies observed physical manifestation to the victim’s upper body.  

Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators discovered that Thomas beat the victim to death (his brother) with a tire iron after the two were involved in an altercation. Thomas then set the home on fire. Investigators were able to identify Thomas through DNA evidence at the scene. Thomas has been transported to Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.                                                                              

May 02, 2017

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