A judge has set bond at $5 million for the man accused of hitting twelve mourners with a vehicle at a graveside funeral service at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens yesterday.
James Brammer Kester (DOB: 8-6-1952) is charged with Twelve Counts of Attempted Murder. He is currently housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC).
At an open bond hearing today, Kester explained the motive for his alleged crime. He stated that he was displeased with the SC Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) due to a concern about his daughter.
The funeral held yesterday was for a former administrative assistant with the SCDMH. At this time, it is not believed that Kester personally knew that person or family members.
The Columbia Police Department consulted with the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office regarding the case and charges.
All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.