Crime

April 3, 2014

Heated argument leads to fatal shooting and Lexington Co man’s arrest

Lexington County authorities say they’re still investigating what two Lexington County men were arguing about that led Billy Geisendorff, 49, to shoot and kill his acquaintance, 42-year-old Bobby Lee Christofoli, Wednesday night outside Geisendorff’s house at 114 Cheryse Drive, off Chalks Ferry Road.

Lexington County authorities say they’re still investigating what two Lexington County men were arguing about that led Billy Geisendorff, 49, to shoot and kill his acquaintance, 42-year-old Bobby Lee Christofoli, Wednesday night outside Geisendorff’s house at 114 Cheryse Drive, off Chalks Ferry Road.

Lexington County authorities were called to the scene around 9 p.m. to investigate an injured man in the roadway, sheriff James Metts said in a release. According to the arrest warrant, the two men argued and Christofoli was on the rural dirt road walking toward a friend’s house next door when Geisendorff came at him again to continue the argument. At some point, Geisendorff shot Christofoli several times in the upper body with a .22-caliber handgun, Metts said.

Lexington County coroner Harry Harmon said Christofoli was shot in the heart and bled to death within minutes.

Deputies found Geisendorff hiding in a crawl-space in his house when they arrived on scene Wednesday night. The gun used in the shooting was recovered, Metts said.

Thursday night, Geisendorff was being held without bond at the Lexington County Detention Center on the charges of murder and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

--- Rachael Myers Lowe

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