May 3, 2014

Man holds 3 hostage, kills woman with hammer, deputies say

Deputies say a Sumter County man attacked and held two women and a girl hostage, killing the girl's mother with a hammer.

A Sumter County man is behind bars after he beat a woman and her 14-year-old daughter with a hammer, killing the mother, and tried to suffocate another woman, deputies said.

Jason Dustin Compton, 33, charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder, three counts of kidnapping, attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor and first-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct.

Deputies responding Saturday to a 911 call at 4365 Bethel Church Road found Compton outside smoking a cigarette. A 14-year-old girl came running outside, bleeding from the head. She told deputies Compton had beat her and her 44-year-old mother in the head with a hammer, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The 44-year-old woman was in a chair in the living room of the home with severe head trauma.

Deputies also found a 46-year-old disabled woman in the home who also had been physically assaulted by Compton. She told deputies that Compton attempted to suffocate her by putting his hand over her nose and mouth and that he had choked the 14-year-old by putting his hand around her neck.

While assaulting them, Compton refused to allow the victims to leave the house and demanded they undress, they told deputies. But the disabled woman was able to call 911.

After the victims were taken to the hospital, Compton began complaining of chest pains and he was taken to the hospital as well. Upon his release, Compton was transported to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.


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