New charge added in case of Connecticut cop beaten to death in Murrells Inlet

Kelton Jess Todd
Kelton Jess Todd Georgetown County Sheriff's Office

Prosecutors added an involuntary manslaughter charge against an Aynor man accused of beating an off-duty cop to death in Georgetown County last week.

The Georgetown Sheriff’s Office announced the additional charge on Thursday. A previous assault charge will remain.

Kelton Jess Todd, 21, was previously charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature for punching Matthew Mainieri. Todd was released on Sept. 3 after posting $35,000 bond.

The incident occurred at Uncle Tito’s, 4124 U.S. Highway 17 Business, in Murrells Inlet. Mainieri was an off-duty police officer from South Windsor, Connecticut. He died around 3 p.m. at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center from head injuries.

According to the South Windsor Police Department’s Facebook page, Mainieri died as he tried to break up a fight. He was a 20-year veteran with the department serving in the traffic and detective divisions.

Todd is being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center pending a bond hearing on the new charge.

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