The former Republican Party in South Carolina executive director allegedly killed his mom’s dog and claimed that he’s the second coming of Christ, police in the state say.
An incident report from the Simpsonville Police Department states that James John Todd Kincannon, 37, allegedly told police "I told you I think, I mean I know I'm the second coming of Christ and I got a command from God to do it," after he killed his mother’s beagle mix, WISTV in Columbia, South Carolina reported. Police say he choked and stabbed the 10-year-old dog at his mom’s Greenville County home on July 26. The former GOP leader reportedly called the police himself to report the crime.
When police arrived on the scene, they found Kincannon outside his mother’s home covered in blood and fur. He was wearing only his underwear, according to the Associated Press. Police found the dead dog in the kitchen.
Kincannon allegedly told police, "I am about to be crucified by the media." He also said he should go to a "psych institution," WISTV reported.
He was arrested last week and police say he will be charged with animal cruelty after an evaluation at a psychiatric hospital.
Kincannon served as general counsel and executive director for the state GOP in 2009. He resigned after just three months.
The dog-killing incident wasn’t his first brush with violence.
Kincannon was charged with criminal domestic violence in 2015 after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife, her family and himself, the Associated Press reported. His law license was revoked the same year. A grand jury indicted Kincannon on domestic violence and kidnapping charges, charges that are still pending, last year.
Before any legal trouble, Kincannon became a controversial figure. In 2013 Twitter posts, he mocked Trayvon Martin and stated that transgender people should be placed in a concentration-style camp. The tweets resulted in many Republicans distancing themselves from Kincannon, according to the Daily Beast.
[Photo: Lexington County Sheriff’s Office]