3 behind bars after body found in Hartsville fire

Peterson, Gibson and Wright

HARTSVILLE, SC (WBTW) -A third person has been arrested by Darlington County deputies in connection with a murder in September.

Lt. Robby Kilgo says 19-year-old Deshawn Jemel Wright of Hartsville was charged with accessory before the fact to a felony and accessory after the fact or murder.

Darlington County Sheriff’s Investigators obtained murder warrants for Ky’Ron Earl Jamal Peterson, 22, and Darius Cedric Gibson, 17, both of Hartsville, for the death of Dominic Alton Midgett in September. Peterson and Gibson are also facing two counts of arson.

On Sept. 5, Midgett’s body was discovered in a house fire that occurred on Persimmons Dr. in the Hartsville area of Darlington County. Investigators say Peterson and Gibson shot Midgett, then attempted to cover up the murder by putting Midgett’s body in a mobile home and setting it on fire.

Lt. Kilgo with the sheriff’s office says investigators located Peterson in Columbia on Saturday. SLED agents arrested Peterson, who had drugs on him at the time of arrest, adds Lt. Kilgo. SLED charged Peterson with distribution of methamphetamine and the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office has a warrant for his arrest for murder. Peterson is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond. Peterson will be brought to Darlington County for arraignment upon release from the Lexington County Detention Center.

Gibson was arrested Tuesday and denied bond on Thursday. Gibson remains at the W. Glenn Campbell Detention Center.

Lt. Kilgo says the case remains under investigation. If you have any information you are asked to contact Darlington County Sheriff’s Investigators at (843) 398-4501 or Crime Stoppers of the Pee Dee at 1-888-CRIME-SC or text tip number 274637 (CRIMES). You do not have to reveal your identity to leave information.