Columbia man charged in fatal stabbing following argument

February 28, 2014 

Timothy Branham

Timothy Branham


— Timothy Branham, 34, turned himself in Wednesday and has been charged with murder following a stabbing Feb. 11 in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank near the intersection of Farrow and Rabon roads.

The victim, Leroy Simon 58, was found on LeGrand Road in his car, unresponsive and suffering from a mortal stab wound to the chest. He died at the hospital later the same day.

Branham was arrested on nearby railroad tracks and told investigators that he acted in self-defense after an verbal argument with the victim turned violent. He also was suffering from a stab wound and was taken to Palmetto Richland hospital.

Investigators with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department found inconsistencies between Branham’s account and what witnesses told them, Sheriff Leon Lott said.

According to witnesses, Branham and Simon were arguing over drugs and money when the fight turned physical.

Branham was being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on Friday night.

– Rachael Myers Lowe

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