ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a 34-year-old man was arrested after he planned to hire a hit man to kill his girlfriend's husband.
The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office charged Derrick Nelson Stone of Ellorree with solicitation to commit a felony. He was given a $25,000 bond.
Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said the charge against Stone came on Oct. 2 after a months-long investigation into the allegations of a murder plot in play.
"We delayed releasing this information in order that we could insure there were no other threats in play against this victim," Ravenell said. "We weren't going to going to assume it was over once we'd established one legitimate threat. Our investigators made sure there were no more."
According to the sheriff's office, the threats were levied against a 33-year-old Orangeburg County man, who told investigators he had received threats through text and Facebook messages from his estranged wife and her new boyfriend.
The victim reported that he started receiving the messages after his wife left home and began dating Stone.
The victim said people also told him that his wife had said to them that she was going to cause him bodily harm.
"When the OCSO was notified on July 29, an in-depth investigation into the allegations was begun," authorities say.
Investigators say they learned the plan was for Stone to pay the would-be hit man $2,500 now and another $2,500 after the victim was dead.
"After conducting multiple interviews, combined with evidence collected, a warrant was obtained against Stone by OCSO investigators," OCSO officials said.
"This was a very serious case where, if it had gone forward without intervention, could have resulted in a man dying," Ravenell said. "Fortunately, our investigators were able to step in and stop it before it was carried out."