House, site of 2003 double-murder, to be demolished in Abbeville

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ABBEVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Abbeville County announced on Wednesday that the property known as the Bixby house — where a double-murder took place in 2003 — will soon be demolished.

The house — located at 4, Union Church Road in Abbeville — was the location where an Abbeville County deputy and a state constable were killed in a 12-hour standoff in December of 2003, which was prompted by a land dispute.

Deputy Danny Wilson responded to the home for a courtesy call to assist workers on the Bixby property when he was shot by the Bixbys. Wilson’s body was then held hostage.

State Constable Donnie Ouzts was also shot by the Bixbys when he tried to check on Wilson.

A standoff ensued that ended with tear gas and a shoot out before Steven Bixby and his father surrendered. Bixby’s mother was arrested at another location.

According to a news release, the county received the property from a local citizen who donated it after purchasing it at a tax sale.

The county said the property will be demolished by Tiller Backhoe and Dozer Service on July 18 at 10 a.m.

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