Sheriff: Teen killed in mistaken retaliation

(Source: Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department)
(Source: Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department)

CALHOUN COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Calhoun County sheriff's deputies say a 17-year-old girl has been killed by two brothers who thought she set them up to be robbed. 

Sheriff Thomas Summers told the Orangeburg Times and Democrat that 17-year-old Kymmara Randolph had nothing to do with the robbery.

Summers says Randolph was killed shortly after she was last seen leaving an Orangeburg home with a man Feb. 13. The sheriff says investigators know where the teen was killed, but have not found where the suspects took her body.

So far, three men have been arrested and charged in connection with the case. Two of the men, 28-year-old Bryant McKnight and 45-year-old Jerry McKnight, have been charged with Randolph's murder.

The third, 20-year-old Jonathan McKnight, has been charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

Bryant and Jerry were formally charged in a Calhoun County courtroom Thursday night, where Randolph's family came face-to-face with the men for the first time.

In video provided to WIS by the Orangeburg Times and Democrat, Randolph's mother screamed at the pair as they were taken away.

"Tell me where my baby is at, tell me where my baby is at!" she cried as the two men smiled at her.

Calhoun County deputies and Orangeburg County deputies have been working tirelessly in an effort to locate Randolph.

"We have worked around the clock for several days investigating this crime and locating the individuals responsible for Kymmara Randolph's death," said Summers. "When we developed credible information that Ms. Randolph was killed last week in our county, we have been searching tirelessly for her body and will continue to do so. This is an on-going, multi-faceted, complex investigation involving several agencies."

Authorities continue to follow up on leads until they are able to locate Randolph's body.

Anyone with any information concerning this case is asked to call The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office at 803-874-2741 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

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