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Arrest made in Blackville Road murder

Gaston, SC - Lexington County deputies have arrested Eddie Louis Bass III in connection with a shooting death last month at a Gaston home.

Bass, a 29-year-old Columbia resident, fatally shot a man in the head Jan. 31 at a home in the 500 block of Blackville Road, according to arrest warrants. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the victim as Malcolm Jones, 27, of Gaston. Bass is also charged with possessing a weapon during a violent crime in connection with the Jan. 31 incident.

“We’ve taken statements from key witnesses and gathered evidence from the scene as part of our case,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said.

Koon said Lexington County deputies arrested Bass with assistance from U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force members and State Law Enforcement Division agents Wednesday morning in Richland County. He’ll be booked into the Lexington County Detention Center to await a bond hearing.

“Our work on this case continues,” Koon said. “We’re asking anyone with information related to the incident to share those tips with us by calling Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.”

Anonymous tips on this case can also be shared with Crimestoppers in the following ways:

  • Log on to midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the "Submit a tip” tab.

  • Download the new P3 Tips app for Apple or Android devices.

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