Georgetown man jailed after fight kills 54-year-old victim

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – A Georgetown man is behind bars for involuntary manslaughter after an argument turned into a physical altercation, leaving a 54-year-old man dead.

Jermaine Reid, 35, of Georgetown

According to a police report from the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to a home on Rustwood Drive in Santee around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night. Deputies say the caller, Sam Grant, 54, of Georgetown, claimed he had been assaulted by his nephew. A family member at the home explained to deputies that words had been exchanged between Grant and his nephew, but there had been no physical altercation.

When deputies left the home, Grant walked to “Scooty’s,” and Grant’s nephew later went to the same location. At the bar, Grant’s nephew told another family member, Jermaine Reid, 35, of Georgetown, about the argument with Grant and claimed it had originated over Grant being disrespectful toward Reid’s aunt.

Reid, according to the police report, became upset and slapped Grant in the face. Witnesses told investigators that Grant stumbled, but did not fall. Reid hit Grant again in the face, causing Grant to fall and hit his head on a plastic cooler. Witnesses report they thought Grant was passed out from being intoxicated and tried to wake him by throwing water on his face.

When Grant did not come to, witnesses called 911. Grant was transported to Georgetown Memorial Hospital where he died Sunday around 11 p.m. Georgetown Coroner Kenny Johnson told deputies Grant’s cause of death “may not be natural,” the report states.

Reid was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with Grant’s death. He was booked into the Georgetown County Detention Center Tuesday morning at 9:39 a.m. No bail has been set.

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