Lexington County was rocked by tragedy on Wednesday afternoon when a father and son, identified as Ryan Jordan Lindler Sr., 52, and Ryan Jordan Lindler Jr., 26, were arrested and charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. The charges stem from their alleged involvement in the shooting death of Kevin Lester Newhouse.
According to arrest warrants, the incident unfolded on Seleta Circle, where the Lindlers reside. Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon provided details from the ongoing investigation, revealing a disturbing sequence of events. The elder Lindler reportedly took a machete away from Newhouse, who was unarmed at the time of the fatal shooting.
Sheriff Koon stated, “Over the course of their investigation, which included interviews with both Lindlers and witnesses, detectives determined the elder Lindler told his son to shoot the victim.”
The victim, Kevin Lester Newhouse, was identified by Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. The incident allegedly began with a confrontation between the Lindlers and Newhouse regarding a trespassing incident at another address just before the fatal encounter. The Lindlers reportedly prevented Newhouse from re-entering his residence, leading to a physical altercation.
“This all started with the Lindlers confronting Newhouse about a trespassing incident they said happened just before at another address,” explained Sheriff Koon. “Before the three men fought, the Lindlers prevented Newhouse from going back into his house.”
The gravity of the situation prompted law enforcement to take both Lindlers into custody on Wednesday evening. Following a court appearance, a magistrate judge denied them bond on Thursday. As the investigation continues, the community grapples with the shocking and tragic events that unfolded on Seleta Circle, leaving a family in mourning and the community seeking answers.