A former South Carolina Republican Party leader was arrested Thursday after reportedly slaughtering a dog and declaring himself to be Jesus Christ.
Former GOP Executive Director Todd Kincannon — who was arrested for domestic abuse regarding his former wife and now lives with his parents — was taken to get a psychiatric evaluation after the alleged incident.
“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,” Kincannon told a detective with the Simpsonville, S.C. police department, FITS News reported. “This is a sign man.”
PJ Media contacted the department, but they would not confirm the details of the case, saying it was an ongoing investigation.
“The last time you saw me, you didn’t recognize me,” Kincannon allegedly told police. “I’m Jesus. I’m not making it up. I have a sign. I’m about to get crucified in the media.”
The former GOP state leader explained why he killed the dog. “The reason I killed the dog is this, it’s real simple … I’m sorry I think y’all are going to have to take me to the Psych Institution, I get that. But I’ll tell you from a legal standpoint, you know, it’s in the State Constitution that God is a sovereign and I honestly think he told me to do it.”
Police discovered the deceased animal in the kitchen of Kincannon’s parents’ home after 1:30 a.m. Eastern last Thursday, July 26. They had come in response to a 9-1-1 call from Kincannon’s father, Jim Kincannon, who said the suspect’s mother, Roxie Kincannon, had “locked herself in [a] bathroom” because “she was absolutely terrified of Todd because he had killed one of their dogs with his bare hands.”
Police reported finding “a deceased medium sized brown and black dog,” which “appeared to have suffered numerous stab wounds and was laying in a large pool of blood.”
Police also reported finding a pair of knives in the kitchen sink.
After the suspect delivered his remarks about being Jesus Christ, he began praying in front of the officers, according to FITS News.
Kincannon told police they were legally required to take him to Three Rivers, a behavioral health facility in Lexington, S.C. He reportedly described this facility as “heaven.” Instead, police took him to Greenville Memorial Hospital, which took temporary custody of him pending a psychiatric evaluation.
FITS News reported that warrants for Kincannon’s arrest are forthcoming. S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office was reportedly in the process of prosecuting Kincannon on unrelated charges, and sources said the office will request bond be denied.
Last April, Kincannon was indicted on kidnapping and aggravated domestic violence charges stemming from the 2015 domestic incident involving his now ex-wife, Ashely Griffith. The former GOP leader blamed that incident on an “accidental overdose” of the prescription drug Benzonatate. He later sued FITS News for reporting those allegations — but that lawsuit was dismissed.
Kincannon was also facing charges for allegedly stealing a dog from Griffith in May 2016.
Christians believe Jesus Christ — who died on the cross, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven, according to the Gospels and the Bible’s book of Acts — will return again, but He will appear from heaven, not by possessing the body of a different human being.