The body of a missing South Carolina woman was found in a shallow grave, having been brutally beaten and effectively suffocated by ornamental Christmas lights, authorities said. Her roommates have been accused of killing her.
Carolyn Jackson, 60, whose corpse was wrapped in “Christmas light cords,” was discovered in a field off a rural road in Greenville County last week, according to charging documents obtained by Oxygen.com. The woman had been suffocated and suffered blunt force trauma, an autopsy revealed. Her body was recovered near Dunklin Bridge Rd., according to investigators.
Days after the gruesome discovery, authorities arrested her roommates Amanda Marie Scott, 36, and Denardis Jamont Kilgo, 39, in the woman’s murder.
“[Jackson] was found to have blunt force trauma and was tied and restrained with Christmas light cords and tape and was wrapped in a manner which prevented her from breathing, effectively obstructing her airway,” the charging documents stated.
Scott and Kilgo, who were also charged with kidnapping in the homicide case, had been living with Jackson at the time of her killing, law enforcement stated. Greensville County authorities allege Scott and Kilgo killed Jackson at her Honea Path home. The South Carolina woman’s body was found roughly five miles from the residence, according to WSOC-TV.
The murder has since shocked the surrounding, largely rural community of Honea Path, which is located about 40 miles south of Greenville.
“This was a crime committed out of sheer brutality and wickedness but we are extremely fortunate that our team of investigators were able to quickly identify and arrest the pair believed to be responsible for Ms. Jackson’s killing,” Lt. Ryan Flood of the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office told Oxygen.com.
Scott and Kilgo allegedly carried out Jackson’s abduction and murder on March 14, the charging documents stated. A week later, Jackson was reported missing, according to an earlier statement by Greensville County Sheriff’s Department. But it was 10 days before investigators found her body.
It’s unclear what led detectives to make the discovery, however law enforcement had previously deployed K-9 rescue units, as well as search teams, in the aftermath of the woman’s disappearance. Authorities added at the time that the 60-year-old woman had “known” medical conditions.
No motive is currently known in Jackson’s abduction and killing, law enforcement said. Authorities declined to comment further on the case, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.
Both of Jackson's accused killers have extensive rap sheets in Greensville County, according to court documents obtained by Oxygen.com.
Kilgo was slapped with shoplifting and several larceny charges in a number of pending cases stemming from 2019, court records show. Scott, who was charged with drug possession days before she was charged with Jackson’s kidnapping and slaying, has a number of narcotics-related arrests and convictions dating back to 2005, according to separate court documents.
Scott and Kilgo were arraigned by a magistrate judge in Greensville County on March 26. They were denied bond. They don’t appear to have secured legal counsel, according to court records.
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