Murder Suspect Arrested With Meth

And a body hidden the trunk

Patrick Gentry
June 18, 2018 - 4:47 pm

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said two people are in custody after a man was found dead in a car on Saturday.

Coroner Randy Bogan said the victim was found in the trunk of a vehicle on Parris Bridge Road. The victim was identified as 37-year-old Jamie Lee Miller of Parris Bridge Road.

Miller's death was ruled a homicide, but a cause of death is pending toxicology and microscopic testing.

On Monday, deputies confirmed Steven Clayton Scruggs was arrested and charged with murder in connection with Miller's death.

According to the incident report, Scruggs beat, bound and put Miller's body in the trunk.

Deputies said on June 15, relatives of Scruggs reported two vehicles were stolen from their home and they thought he was involved in the crime. One of the stolen cars was spotted on Parris Bridge Road and during an investigation, a deputy noticed a foul odor coming from the trunk.

Miller's body was found bound inside.

During the course of an investigation, deputies said they identified Scruggs and Tabitha Lianna Cook as suspects. The pair were spotted in a stolen car on Highway 11 and when a trooper tried to pull them over, deputies said they tried to flee.

A pursuit continued until Scruggs wrecked the car, deputies said, and ran on foot. Cook stayed inside the vehicle and was taken into custody.

Scruggs is accused of then committing a home invasion, attempting two burglaries and trying to steal a car in the area of Highway 11 before he was apprehended.

While arresting Scruggs, deputies said they found meth in his pocket.

Scruggs is charged with murder, possession of methamphetamine, seatbelt violation, speeding, failure to stop, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Cook is charged with accessory after the fact of a felony. According to her arrest warrant, Cook knew about the homicide and helped Scruggs as he tried to elude law enforcement.

The motive for the killing remains under investigation.

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