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Man Charged with Unauthorized Removal of Dead Body

By January 18, 2023Press Releases

Columbia Police Department (CPD) investigators have charged a 26-year-old man in connection with an initial suspicious death investigation.

Devante Antonio Dinkins is charged with the Unauthorized Removal of a Dead Body in connection with the 2022 suspicious death of a 24-year-old male acquaintance.

On September 16, 2022, Dinkins and the victim were at a Kimpton Drive home. The victim suffered from a medical event and passed away.

Dinkins is accused of removing the victim from inside the home and burying him in a shallow grave in the backyard. Dinkins allegedly did not call notify police or call 9-1-1.   A witness saw the soil was disturbed in the backyard, noticed suspicious activity, and notified CPD.

Dinkins has been released from the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center after a judge issued a $10,000 surety bond.

The Richland County Coroner’s Office assisted CPD with the investigation.

All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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