The man accused of killing two Hispanic men on July 30 is a 20-year Army veteran with five overseas deployments, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said.
Leslie Todd Parvin, 39, is in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on two murder charges. He was arrested last week after the sheriff's department traced a vehicle description and partial license plate number to him, Lott said.
Parvin allegedly shot and killed Edgar Lopez of Woodfield Road and Pablo Gutierrez-Guzman of Percival Road. Lopez was an immigrant from Guatemala, and Gutierrez-Guzman was from Mexico. All three were at a small gathering in a backyard on Woodfield Road when an argument erupted.
Parvin allegedly pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot the others, Lott said. Lopez and Gutierrez-Guzman were not armed, he said.
Witnesses at the scene did not know Parvin. However, they gave a detailed description of two of his tattoos, and a description of his van with a partial license plate number.