Beaufort News

Man to stand trial for allegedly killing mother of his children, dumping her in Beaufort waters

Kelvin Jackson
Kelvin Jackson

A man accused of murdering the mother of his children in 2011 and dumping her body in Beaufort waters will stand trial in Beaufort County next week.

Kelvin Jackson, 34, of Hampton is charged with killing Masako Yamaguchi Miller, 34, who was last seen alive about 11 p.m. May 25, 2011, at her home on Middle Street in Hampton.

Jackson is the father of two of Miller's three children. Her body was found by a fisherman on the morning of May 30 on a mud flat near where Archers Creek meets the Broad River.

The arrest affidavit alleges that sometime between 12:30 and 5:30 a.m. May 26, Jackson killed Miller and disposed of her body in Beaufort County. Miller was identified by her dental records.

Jackson was arrested May 27 in Hampton and charged with misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud after investigators found him with one of Miller's credit cards, authorities have said.

He was later charged with murder based on evidence gathered from witnesses, forensic analysis and video surveillance, according to the arrest affidavit.

The investigation was a joint effort between Hampton police, the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and sheriff's offices in Beaufort and Hampton counties.

Jury selection is to begin Monday in the Beaufort County Courthouse in front of Judge Carmen Mullen, according to the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office. The trial is expected to begin Tuesday.

Deputy Solicitor Sean Thornton is prosecuting the case. Jackson is represented by Virgin Johnson Jr.