Killings suspect escapes Columbia mental hospital

Jason Mark Carter (WLTX-TV)
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Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC (WLTX) - Authorities say a man who was found incompetent to stand trial in the March 2006 deaths of his mother and stepfather has escaped from a Columbia mental hospital, according to WLTX.

Deputies notified the public that Jason Mark Carter, 39, was unaccounted for. A representative for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health confirmed he left the facility, and that the State Law Enforcement Division had been notified Thursday morning.

It's not clear how he escaped.

Agency spokesman Mark Binkley says the escaped patient was working at a supply business on the hospital's campus. He says an investigation is underway to determine how the involuntarily committed patient got away.

In 2006, deputies say he killed his mother, Debra Ann Perkins, and his stepfather, Kevin Perkins. Their bodies were found in a basement at their home while Carter was inside the residence. Authorities say Carter shot his mother and stepfather at their Seneca home, then wrapped their bodies in plastic.

He was committed and found incompetent to stand trial in the case.

Carter is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black coat with a black and white sweater underneath and brown cargo pants.

Deputies say he may be traveling in a stolen 1991 White Chevy van with a tag of SG61580 with the number 244 on the bumper.

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

(The Associated Press. 2013)

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