Crime & Courts

2 face charges for summer slaying

ROCK HILL -- Police charged two men Saturday in the death of a man whose decomposed body was found inside his Steele Street home last summer.

Ernest Floyd Jackson II, 21, of Rock Hill has been charged with murder in the death of 56-year-old Tommie Mitchell, who police say had been dead for several days when a friend found his body lying face-down on the bedroom floor Aug. 3.

Another man, Christopher Mareem Poage, 19, also of Rock Hill, was charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

Both were arrested Saturday morning. More charges are expected against the men, Rock Hill police Lt. Brad Redfearn said.

Redfearn declined to say what evidence police have against Jackson and Poage, citing an ongoing investigation. He said more information should be released Monday.

The arrests came after leads developed during a cold case review that started about two weeks ago, Redfearn said.

"As a result of those leads ... they were able to solve the case," he said.

Police said in August that Mitchell's place was in such disarray that investigators couldn't conclusively say whether the killer forcefully entered the home or struggled with Mitchell. His body had decomposed to the point that investigators couldn't see an obvious a cause of death, and his body was sent to Charleston for an autopsy. The results of the autopsy weren't available Saturday.

Mitchell's cousin told police she last saw him on the morning of July 29, according to the original police report. She said he left her home around 10:30 a.m. to pay a utility bill.

Another friend told police that he saw Mitchell paying his bill at the utility office around 11 a.m. that day.

Jackson and Poage were held without bond Saturday night at the Rock Hill City Jail.

-- The (Rock Hill) Herald

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