Update: Suspects Charged in Arson Investigation

Columbia Police Chief W.H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook and Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins announce the arrests in connection with an arson investigation at a Harbison area shopping center.

Investigators have charged Steven Dewayne Edwards (DOB: 5-1977 ) and Bobby James Murphy, Junior (DOB: 7-1972) with Arson – Second Degree. The men were booked into the  Lexington County Detention Center over the weekend.

The arrests were made with the assistance of several Crimestoppers tips and deputies with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office. A female who was seen on surveillance video with the suspects is not facing charges at this time.

Edwards and Murphy are accused of intentionally setting fire to items in a shopping cart inside the Harbison Wal-Mart (360 Harbison Boulevard) on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

A few employees and customers were inside the building at the time, and while no one was injured, flames and smoke caused significant damage to part of the store.

All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.