New suspect charged with accessory after the fact in Columbia homicide

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Published: Dec. 31, 2021 at 8:56 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2022 at 11:44 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A man has been charged with accessory after the fact of murder in connection with the shooting death of Terrell Sims.

Columbia Police Department officers were actively searching for Sims who had been missing since the week of Christmas, and arrested Taylor Wardlaw in connection with his death.

Eddie Brown, 30, has been charged as an accessory in the death by the Columbia Police Department, officials say.

Sims was a 26-year-old man last seen at a home on Ervin Street in Columbia Dec. 20. His girlfriend, Wardlaw, reported him missing on Dec. 22, according to police.

A body was located near a creek off Monticello Road Wednesday, and the Richland County Coroner, Naida Rutherford confirmed the body belonged to Sims.

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook says Wardlaw is charged with murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

According to police, Sims was shot fatally multiple times.

Below is the original tweet released by the Columbia Police Department asking for the community’s help:

Sims’ family originally told the Columbia Police Department it was unlike him to not make contact, especially during the holidays.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina State Fire Academy, Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and Columbia-Richland Fire Department assisted with the investigation.

Additional arrests or charges related to the case are possible, police say.

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