5th arrest made in connection to 1992 Charleston sailor's murder

Kevin Lewis (Source: Cashbond)
Kevin Lewis (Source: Cashbond)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A fifth arrest has been made in connection with the 1992 unsolved murder of a 22-year-old Charleston sailor.

Charleston County Sheriff's deputies charged Kevin Bertram Lewis with misprision of the felony.

According to the arrest warrant, authorities allege Lewis conspired with Thomas Solheim, one of the other people arrested in the cold case, to provide Solheim an alibi as police were investigating the kidnapping, assault and murder of James Horton.

An affidavit states that Lewis was Solheim's same-sex partner at the time of the murder. The two men apparently also lived together. In June, 2009, Lewis told a friend that he and Solheim had committed a murder in 1996 and had never been caught, the affidavit stated.

Investigators say Horton was kidnapped and sexually assaulted in Charleston County, then killed in Berkeley County.

Bail was set at $25,000 for Lewis. He posted bond Monday.

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