Jerry Buck Inman
"Jerry Buck Inman announced that he will plead guilty to charges stating that he killed 20-year-old Clemson student Tiffany Marie Souers in the summer of 2006. The sealed motion that would allow Inman to enter a guilty plea and send his case directly to a jury for sentencing was denied on Friday, September 7.
"During the motion hearing, James Bannister, Inman's attorney, made the proposal that if Inman were to submit a guilty plea to Circuit Court Judge Edward Miller, a jury would then be allotted the task of sentencing him to either life in prison with no opportunity for parole or death by lethal injection.
"Miller denied this motion on the grounds that state law prohibits a defendent from submitting a guilty plea to a judge and then go before the jury for sentencing."
On Sunday, June 29, 2008, the Greenville News reported that Inman had recently been caught with contraband in his cell in the form of a shiv made from a piece of a plastic radio. As he is held in solitary confinement, authorities believe his only motive was to injure jail personnel and indicates he is still a menace.
On April 22, 2009, nearly three years after Jerry Buck Inman raped and murdered Clemson student Tiffany Souers, Judge Ned Miller sentenced Inman to death on Wednesday night. Miller described the crime as savage, brutal and unconscionable. He said that Inman is a tortured soul whose demons will never leave him.
Souers' family was not in the courtroom for the sentencing.
Miller denied the motion filed on behalf of Jerry Buck Inman, four months after sentencing him to death.
"With the denial of this motion, we are one step closer to having Mr. Inman's death sentence carried out," Solicitor Bob Ariail said in a news release. "And I can think of no one more deserving of that sentence than Jerry 'Buck' Inman."
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