A Bamberg County man has been charged with murder after a man’s body was located in Cope the day after Christmas, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.
“This is the result of a solid, thorough investigation by my investigators,” Ravenell said Wednesday. “They got on the case and developed a suspect early and didn’t let go of the trail.”
Stanley Lee Dixon, 55, of Denmark, was taken into custody on Wednesday on a charge of murder.
A court appearance for the Carolina Highway man is tentatively scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
Concerned citizens called 911 on Dec. 26, saying there appeared to be a body off Highway 301 near Cope.
Investigators later identified the victim as 40-year-old Louis D’mitri Patrone Wise from Denmark.
An autopsy revealed the man had been shot.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Denmark Police Department assisted in the case.
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Lakesha Gillard is leading the ongoing investigation.