Lexington County man charged after beating grandmother to death, stabbing dog, police say

Dustin Hoff, booking photo provided.

Lexington County deputies have charged a Gilbert man in the apparent beating death of his grandmother.

According to arrest warrants, Dustin Edward Hoff, 30, will also be charged with ill treatment of an animal after deputies found a dog stabbed to death inside the victim’s home.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim as Elaine Hall, 77.

“Ms. Hall’s family requested a welfare check and a deputy responded to her Neely Wingard Road home to find her deceased inside,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Just a short time later, deputies spotted Hoff driving by Ms. Hall’s home in her van while they were on scene.”

Hoff was pulled over near the incident location and arrested for driving under suspension, according to Koon. Detectives interviewed Hoff at the Sheriff’s Department before charging him with murder.

Hoff was transported to the Lexington County Detention Center.

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