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Man murdered over USC-Clemson game, suspect charged

Published: Nov. 26, 2006 at 9:15 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 27, 2006 at 7:14 PM EST
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Suspect - James Walter Quick
Suspect - James Walter Quick
Victim - Richard Allen Johnson
Victim - Richard Allen Johnson

(Lexington County) November 26, 2006 - Lexington County Sheriff's Department detectives charged a 42-year-old Lexington man with murder after he allegedly shot and killed another man with a high-powered rifle during a dispute about a bet that the two had made over the USC-Clemson football game.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives charged James Walter Quick, 42, of Lexington, with murder and possessing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Quick was being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on Sunday awaiting a bond hearing that has not yet been scheduled.

Lexington County Coroner Harry O. Harman said preliminary results of an autopsy that was performed Sunday on the body of Richard Allen Johnson, 43, of Lexington, show that Johnson died instantly after he was shot once in the chest with a high-powered rifle. Harman ruled Johnson's death was a homicide.

The Lexington County Communications Center received a call about the shooting incident from Johnson's wife, Lynn, at about 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Metts said. Lynn Johnson told telecommunications operators that Quick had shot her husband.

Detectives determined that Quick and Richard Johnson, who had been drinking beer all afternoon, began arguing shortly after the end of the Clemson-USC football game, Metts said.

Quick and Richard Johnson, who were good friends, bet $20 on the outcome of the Clemson-USC football game. Quick bet that USC would win the game, while Richard Johnson bet that Clemson would win. Quick and Richard Johnson watched the football game on television at Richard Johnson's home.

After the game ended, Quick and Richard Johnson began arguing about their bet on the football game while they were outside Richard Johnson's home, Metts said. During the argument, Quick went to his Chevrolet Corsica and retrieved a high-powered rifle that Quick normally uses for hunting. Quick then turned towards Richard Johnson and fired one shot from the rifle at Richard Johnson, striking Richard Johnson in the chest.

Deputies who responded to the call about the shooting incident found Quick standing with his arms folded across his chest and leaning against his car, which was parked in the front yard of Richard Johnson's home, Metts said. Officers arrested Quick without incident and recovered the rifle that was used in the murder in Quick's car.

Posted 4:14pm by Logan Smith