Charges dropped against Chester man and mother whose arrest led to indictment of sheriff, deputies

Charges dropped against Chester man and mother whose arrest led to indictment of sheriff, deputies
Kevin Simpson does an interview with WBTV. (Source: Ron Lee)

CHESTER, SC (WBTV) - Criminal charges have been dropped against a Chester County man and his mother who were both arrested in November 2018, paving the way for a federal investigation that has led to the county’s sheriff and two deputies being indicted.

Then-Sheriff Alex Underwood arrested Kevin Simpson on his porch in late November, just days before Thanksgiving.

The arrest came after the two men had a brief exchange about a manhunt going on in front of Simpson’s house. Simpson was streaming the police activity live on Facebook.

In the video, you see Underwood walk off Simpson’s porch then turn around, go back on the porch and arrest him.

A federal indictment announced earlier this week accused Underwood and a lieutenant in his office of assaulting Simpson after he was placed in handcuffs.

Underwood, the lieutenant and a third man, the then-chief deputy, are also accused of illegally searching Simpson’s home and then falsifying a search warrant and lying to federal agents to make it appear as though the search were legal.

Simpson’s mother, Ernestine, was also arrested that evening.

Both Simpsons spent four days in jail over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The South Carolina Attorney General’s office had taken over prosecution of the criminal case against them.

Court records show the charges were dismissed on Thursday, just two days after Underwood and his two deputies were indicted.

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