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3 arrested after "Killing Jesus" dust jacket, damage discovered at mausoleum

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Deputies on Friday arrested three men who are accused of defacing and vandalizing the interior of a mausoleum and a monument on a burial grounds at Bush River Memorial Gardens in late November.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said Mason David Farris, 18, of Chapin, William Austin Saylors, 22, of Columbia, and Jerry Wayne Wilson, 18, of Irmo are charged with third-degree burglary and vandalizing a human burial ground.

Arrest warrants allege that at about 6 p.m. on November 27, Farris, Saylors and Wilson defaced and vandalized the interior of the mausoleum at Bush River Memorial Gardens and defaced and vandalized the lawn and a monument at the burial grounds, causing about $6,000 in damages, Metts said.

Deputies responded to a call about the vandalism on November 27 and found that the seats of three chairs had been cut inside the mausoleum, Metts said.

Deputies also found that the butts of cigarettes and cigarette ashes as well as flowers and several flower vases had been thrown on the floor in several areas inside the mausoleum, Metts said. The face of Jesus Christ also was broken out in a large stained-glass window.

Officers also found the dust jacket for the book "Killing Jesus" by Bill O'Reilly on the floor, along with an identification card for Farris, Metts said. One gold pole at the mausoleum had been bent.

On the burial grounds, one granite bench had been knocked over and damaged, Metts said. It appeared that a motor vehicle had been used to hit and damage the granite bench, according to the sheriff.

The motive for the incident remains under investigation, Metts said.

Farris was being held on Monday at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $10,000, Metts said. Saylors was released from the detention center on Saturday after Saylors posted bail totaling $10,000. Wilson was released from the detention center on Sunday after Wilson posted bail totaling $10,000.

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