Man charged with murder in relation to 2015 shooting

Leonard Mickens Jr. (LCSD Photo) 

A man already behind bars for another crime has been charged with murder for shooting a man to death two years ago at a Lexington County apartment complex.

Leonard Mickens Jr., 27, shot Donte O. Doyle multiple times with a handgun Aug. 11, 2015, outside a building at the River Oaks apartment complex on Bush River Road, according to arrest warrants. Mickens, a Columbia resident, is also charged with possessing a weapon during a violent crime for his role in the 2015 fatal shooting.

“Detectives worked very hard on this case for two years,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Providing some sense of closure to Mr. Doyle’s family exactly two years after the incident is especially meaningful to everyone who responded to and investigated this case.”

Mickens is being held in the Lexington County Detention Center while he awaits a sentencing hearing on federal weapons charges scheduled for Sept. 11.