Freddie Grant (Image: Lexington County Detention Center)
Richland County, SC (WLTX) - Richland County deputies are expected Friday to formally charge a man in connection with the disappearance of a Columbia teen.
Sheriff Leon Lott says his agency has a writ for 53-year-old Freddie Grant. The document allows officers to transport him to the Richland County Detention Center, where he will go before a magistrate for a bond hearing.
Lott has said repeatedly he suspects Grant took Gabrielle Swainson from her Columbia home last August. The sheriff says his officers found physical evidence, including DNA, linking Grant to the crime.
Early in the investigation, officers found ammunition in Grant's Elgin home, which was a violation because he is a convicted felon.
He was arrested and ultimately convicted on a federal ammunition charge. While he awaited his trial and since his conviction, Grant's been housed at the Lexington County Detention Center.
Grant's bond hearing is set for 2:30 p.m. Friday. Once it's complete, he'll be taken back to Lexington County.