Once high-profile Mexican restaurateur to plead not guilty in Valentine’s Day killing

The State 

July 17, 2107 

By: John Monk

Until several years ago, Greg Leon was known for running a chain of seven Mexican restaurants in Richland, Newberry, Lexington and Orangeburg counties. He was an avid University of South Carolina sports fan. Born in Mexico, he had become a naturalized citizen. But in 2016, he admitted to the Valentine’s Day slaying of his wife’s lover while the pair was embracing in the back seat of a Toyota Tundra pickup in a deserted Lexington County parking lot.Leon turned himself in to authorities after calling 911 and telling the operator, “I shot my wife’s lover.” Now, however, he is asking for a jury trial and plans to plead not guilty to the murder charge, according to his lawyers.

Attorney Eric Bland, who with attorney Dick Harpootlian is representing Leon, said Leon is working and obeying the court’s rules.

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