South Carolina Farmers Accused of Murder in Armed Trespasser’s Death-Granted Bond


In the heart of rural South Carolina, a father and son, proprietors of a cherished family farm, find themselves entangled in a legal web, granted bond a day after facing charges of murder. Ryan Jordan Lindler Sr., 52, and Ryan Lindler Jr., 26, stand accused of fatally shooting their neighbor, 36-year-old Kevin Lester Newhouse, on December 6, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office.

The eleventh-hour bond hearing on Thursday held the weighty decision of whether the Lindlers would celebrate Christmas within the confines of a prison cell or under the open skies. Court documents allege that the younger Lindler discharged three to four rounds from a Glock pistol, fatally striking Newhouse in the head.

Expressing satisfaction for his clients, the Lindlers, the family’s attorney conveyed gratitude for the court’s reasoned decision to grant bond, allowing the father and son to remain free during the pending murder charges. The attorney’s acknowledgment extended to the supportive community members, friends, and family who rallied behind the Lindlers in court.

A nuanced narrative emerges from the incident report, suggesting that during an altercation, Newhouse swung a machete at the younger Lindler and his father. However, investigators present a conflicting account, asserting that the elder Lindler had disarmed Newhouse before instructing his son to open fire.

Lexington Sheriff Jay Koon emphasized the investigative findings, stating, “Over the course of their investigation…detectives determined the elder Lindler told his son to shoot the victim.” The shooting unfolded after the elder Lindler had reportedly disarmed Newhouse, who resided in close proximity to the Lindlers on Seleta Circle.

The younger Lindler played a pivotal role in the aftermath, placing the 911 call. Deputies, responding to the call, discovered both the machete and the firearm in his truck. Eric Bland, defense attorney for the elder Lindler, highlighted the pristine criminal background of the Lindlers, both graduates of Gilbert High School. The son, with no history except for a speeding ticket, faces the gravity of murder charges for the first time.

As the legal saga unfolds, Bland anticipates that the case will pivot around property rights, vandalism, and a history of trespassing. He underscores the case’s potential to scrutinize a property owner’s right to defend against trespassers and vandals, even when facing potentially deadly threats.

Operating Lindler Farms, a state-certified, family-run range specializing in beef, hay, and foraging, the Lindlers’ livelihood and reputation are in jeopardy. Amidst these legal complexities, the younger Lindler, on the brink of matrimony in less than three weeks, witnessed the trespassing incident that ignited the confrontation at the house he is constructing with his fiancée.

The Lindlers, once stewards of their family farm, now navigate a legal landscape fraught with questions of self-defense, property rights, and the tragic consequences of a rural dispute gone awry.

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