ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Authorities say a man charged with killing a West Columbia woman who hasn't been seen for months told a fellow inmate he fed her body to alligators.
The Times and Democrat newspaper reports that that testimony during a preliminary hearing led a lawyer for 37-year-old Kenneth Cutter to drop her request to dismiss the murder charge against Cutter.
Investigators say 40-year-old Kimberly Parrish hasn't been seen since picking up her paycheck in Richland County on December 21st.
Deputies arrested Cutter a week later.
At the hearing, they said they found bloody clothes that likely matched Parrish's DNA near Cutter's Orangeburg County home and noted the suspect's arms and face had been scratched.
Investigators say Parrish and Cutter knew each other.
Cutter’s case is expected to be heard within a year at state Circuit Court.