Ex-SCGOP executive director killed mother's dog, claimed to be Christ

Ex-SCGOP executive director killed mother's dog, claimed to be Christ
Published: Aug. 3, 2018 at 3:50 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2018 at 10:34 AM EDT
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SIMPSONVILLE, SC (WIS) - Incident reports from the Simpsonville Police Department describe a chilling scene where the former South Carolina GOP executive director allegedly killed his mother's dog and said something told him to do it.

In the early morning hours of July 26 in Simpsonville, James John Todd Kincannon, 37, killed one of his mother's dogs with "his bare hands" and told police who responded that "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," the incident report says.

Police said when they responded to the call and arrived at the Kincannon home, Todd was outside covered in blood and dog fur. When police entered the home, a dead dog was located in the kitchen with multiple stab wounds.

As police tried to diffuse the situation, Todd Kincannon continued to tell police that he was Jesus and sacrificed the dog because he was told.  In his speaking with police, he also said: "I am about to be crucified by the media."

He also told police that he should go to a "psych institution," the report says.

Police did detain Kincannon and took him to a hospital for a mental evaluation. Kincannon has not been arrested yet, but he will face a charge of ill treatment of animals.

Kincannon was arrested in Lexington County in 2015 on a criminal domestic violence charge. It was alleged that Kincannon yelled at his wife and prevented her from leaving their car after a gathering on March 26, 2015. Despite her calling the police, his wife, Ashley Griffith, asked a judge not to impose a no-contact order, saying "I do not in any way feel there was a crime committed."

Kincannon, who is an attorney, has previously served as a member of the Republican National Committee by proxy and as Chairman of the Simpsonville Election Commission.

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