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Lexington business owner accused of murdering wife's 'lover' out on bond

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Greg Leon, a Lexington County businessman who is accused of killing his wife's lover at a park-and-ride near Lexington on Valentine’s night last year, has once again been released on a $500,000 bond. Leon is the owner of several San Jose Mexican restaurants, a popular Hispanic eatery throughout the Midlands. He has been released on house arrest and was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device, according to his attorney, Dick Harpootlian. He can only have limited contact with his wife. When Leon was arrested last February, he was charged with murder and attempted murder for the crime. This was the result of the shooting that left the supposed lover dead and Leon’s wife miraculously unscathed after the Valentine’s shooting. It took place just off Sunset Blvd. in the town of Lexington. Lexington Police Department officers responded to a shots fired call that night on Riverchase Way behind the John Deere dealership close to I-20. On arrival, they found the body of a man lying on the ground beside a vehicle. The man had been shot several times and was dead. Leon had called 911 himself after he shot the man and tried to shoot and kill his wife. He told dispatchers that he had, “killed my wife’s lover,” before he fled the scene. He turned himself in later that night after meeting with his attorney.

Leon was out on probation stemming from federal charges that ensnared former Lexington County Sheriff James Metts. In that case, Leon received a sentence of 1year of probation, had to complete 200 hours of community service, and pay a $180,000 fine. He cooperated with the government in that case to receive a lighter sentence.

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