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Three arrested in fatal weekend stabbing

Three men have been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a West Columbia man last weekend.

Lexington County Sheriff's deputies said the three were acquaintances of Willie Adams, 41, of Pine Street. Investigators said a dispute about money became physical.

Odilon Iglesias Bello, 29, of Shirway Court, Lexington and Erik Ponce Cruz, 23, of Platt Springs Road, were arrested today by the department with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service and the Lexington Police Department. They are charged with one count each of murder and possessing a weapon during a violent crime.

A third man, Clayton Clark, 52, of Two Notch Road, Lexington, was arrested Monday and charged with misprision of a felony. That charge is related to Clark's suspected lying to detectives. He is accused of telling them he was not present at the stabbing and that he did not know who did it. According to the department, he later said he was at the home and identified Cruz as the person who stabbed Adams with a butcher knife.

Clark is the person who called 911 at 3:23 a.m. Sunday to report the incident. Responding deputies found Adams lying on his porch. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman said early autopsy results indicate Adams died from a stab wound to the abdomen.

The three arrested men are being held at the Lexington County Detention Center. Clark had bond set at $25,000. Bello and Cruz are awaiting Thursday "first-appearance" hearings. Bond hearings will be conducted at a date to be scheduled by the 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office in General Sessions.

Handling of Bello and Cruz is complicated by the fact that both are in the United States illegally, the department said. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been notified.

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