Two men shot and killed an elderly Gilbert man with a shotgun so they could steal the senior’s prescription painkillers, deputies say.
Arrest warrants accuse 25-year-old Jeremy Sheldon Brady and 26-year-old Nicholas Scott Williams of going to Robert Lewis Mitchell Sr.’s home in the early morning hours Saturday to steal drugs and kill the man, deputies say. The two, who had bought prescription painkillers from Mitchell in the past, told the 72-year-old they were going to buy the drugs before the crime was committed.
Mitchell’s son found the 72-year-old dead on his back at his Gilbert home Saturday morning. An autopsy later confirmed that he died from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, and investigators later discovered that the senior may have been robbed before he was killed. Prescription painkillers, money, credit cards and a safe were all missing from Mitchell’s home, deputies say.
Brady was arrested at his home in West Columbia about 4 a.m. Friday. He is being held at Lexington County Detention Center on charges of murder, armed robbery and first-degree burglary. He appeared before a magistrate Friday afternoon, but bond will not be set until he can appear before a judge in circuit court.
Deputies searching Brady’s home found a shotgun and shells. Ballistic tests will be performed to determine whether or not the gun was used to kill MItchell, deputies say.
Williams, of Pelion, is still at large. He’s wanted on murder, first-degree burglary and armed robbery charges. If you have information on Williams’ whereabouts, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or www.sccrimestoppers.com
—R. Darren Price