ORANGEBURG — A man charged with killing a West Columbia woman who has not been seen for months told a fellow inmate he fed her body to alligators, according to an investigator testifying at his preliminary hearing.
The testimony Tuesday stunned the family of 40-year-old Kimberly Parrish, as well as the attorney and family of the man charged with killing her, 37-year-old Kenneth Cutter.
After the investigator got off the stand, Cutters lawyer dropped her request that the murder charge be dropped, The (Orangeburg) Times and Democrat reported.
Parrish has not been seen since picking up her paycheck Dec. 21 in Richland County. Orangeburg County sheriffs Investigator Craig Davis said Parrishs cellphone gave its final signal that day in western Orangeburg County. Her bank accounts have not been touched since then.
But the most shocking testimony from Davis came when he paraphrased a statement from an inmate in jail with Cutter.
Cutter stated what he was in jail for and that he said that he fed her body to alligators, Davis testified.
Parrishs mother broke down in tears.
Cutter was arrested a week after Parrish disappeared. The two were friends and might have been romantically involved, investigators said.
Deputies found bloody clothes with stab wounds in the pants at an abandoned home near Cutters home in Orangeburg County. The DNA from the blood matched Parrish.
There was so much blood found that whoever was bleeding likely couldnt have survived, Davis said.
When deputies first questioned Cutter, his face and arms were scratched. Cutter said he was hurt when a barrel where he was burning debris exploded, Davis said.