Ray Kelly

Ray Kelly is facing a murder charge in the death of Greenville Co. deputy Conley Jumper, along with more charges. This person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Greenville, SC (FOX Carolina) - A suspect accused with murder and facing at least ten other charges in connection to the death of a Greenville County deputy went before a judge Thursday morning. 

Ray Kelly had a lot to say when he appeared before a bond court judge. So much in fact, he was found in contempt of court for interrupting the judge not once, but twice landing him in jail for an additional 30 days. 

Kelly was heard challenging what jurisdiction the court was operating under and told the judge he did not recognize the State of South Carolina's jurisdiction to hold him and said he only recognized the U.S. Constitution. 

"I challenge jurisdiction! I challenge jurisdiction! I'm an American National. If you are not operating under the U.S. Constitution, this is illegal! This is treason." 

Following this repeated outburst, the judge stated, "I'm going to give you 30 days contempt."

Kelly's arrest all stems from a traffic stop that went wrong on Tuesday along I-85 near White Horse Road. It was during that stop that deputies say Sgt. Conley Jumper, a 28-year-veteran of law enforcement, lost his life in the line of duty. 

According to SLED affidavits, when Sgt. Jumper arrived on scene, Kelly was actively resisting deputies. While trying to arrest Kelly, affidavits state he was able to get back into his vehicle and began driving away. Sgt. Jumper was unable to disengage from the car and agents with SLED say Kelly began driving into heavy traffic, dragging Sgt. Jumper along. 

According to SLED, a short time later, Sgt. Jumper was struck by an 18 wheeler and briefly pinned between the Nissan and 18-wheeler. Sgt. Jumper later died at the hospital. The sheriff's office says two other deputies were taken to the hospital. 

SLED says while searching the vehicle following the crash, deputies uncovered four plastic bags with a substance that field tested positive for crack cocaine and a GLOCK model 23 handgun. 

Bond was denied for Kelly on Thursday in court. The judge informed him he would have to be held over to face a circuit court judge for the charge of murder. Along with that charge, he faces a list of other charges from the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. 

Kelly's other charges include: 

  • Speeding more than 15 MPH but under 25 MPH
  • Driving too close to a vehicle in front
  • No driver’s license, 1st offense
  • Giving false info to police
  • Trafficking meth/cocaine greater than 28G
  • Possession of a weapon during a violent crime (not qualified for life sentence)
  • Two counts of resisting arrest with assault/injury
  • Resisting arrest with a deadly weapon
  • Assault and battery, high and aggravated
Tornell Laureano

Tornell Laureano

A second suspect, Tornell Laureano was arrested as well.  She went before a judge on Wednesday facing a charge of drug trafficking methamphetamine or cocaine and possession of a violent weapon during a violent crime. She was denied bond at that hearing. 

Related: SLED: One suspect charged with murder, more in death of Greenville Co. deputy

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Why don't you show a picture of the victim???


Death !

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