Man accused of murdering fire chief’s daughter in jail in Spartanburg Co.

Jefferson Perry is pictured in undated mug shot (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)

SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Deputies have charged a man with murder in the death of Tiffany Dale Cartee.

The 31-year-old Spartanburg County woman was fatally shot night Thursday on Bennett Dairy Road.

Jefferson Lee Perry III, 24, of Cowpens, has been charged with murder in Cartee’s death. Perry is also charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

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Cartee is the daughter of Una Fire Chief Jeff Hadden.

Deputies say their investigation revealed that Perry shot Cartee while they were in a moving vehicle. Two others were also in the SUV at the time of the shooting. After Perry opened fire, deputies say they crashed into a tree.

An officer responded to the shooting around 6:07 p.m. Thursday and saw a 2003 Ford Expedition crashed into a tree in the front yard of a home in the 400 block of Bennett Dairy Road. The deputy found Cartee in the vehicle with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to her head, according to an incident report.

The two eyewitnesses told a deputy that Perry shot and killed Cartee at the intersection of Enola Station and Bennet Dairy Road.

Perry fled from the scene of the wreck. He was tracked down by the sheriff’s office canine team to a crawl space under a residence.

Perry has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He was jailed shortly after midnight, but started complaining that his head was hurting from the wreck and was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

Perry is now in the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

No bond was set at his bond hearing Saturday. Cartee’s family was there but did not speak to the judge.

“I would like for people to keep our family in your prayers. Especially remember the two baby girls. It is Christmas eve and they are going through Christmas without their mother. No child should have to do that especially for a senseless act like this,” Jeff Hadden, Tiffany’s father and the Una Fire Chief.  “Tiffany was a good person. We all have our faults. Sometimes we just get caught up with the wrong people and the wrong people do the wrong thing. All we hope for is the maximum for this. We want to see justice served.”

The solicitor told the judge he believes more charges are coming for Perry because he threatened another person’s life for a ride after Tiffany was killed.

“I hope he gets put to death and he never walks the street again. He took a precious part of our family especially at Christmas. I see what my momma and daddy are going through and the whole rest of the family and I just hope he gets the max,” said Tiffany’s aunt, Robin Harris. “I was just disgusted, knowing that he took tiffany’s life and she’s got two year old twins left here with no momma, especially at Christmas.”

Perry’s preliminary hearing and initial appearance will be at 9:00 a.m. on February 23rd.

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Deputies say the shooting appears to be domestic related.

Cartee’s family has started a GoFundMe account, asking for donations for funeral expenses and caring for her daughters. You can also call the Una Fire Department for other ways to donate.

South Carolina constantly grapples with being a top state for women being killed by their husband or partner. Click HERE for information on domestic violence resources.

Tiffany Cartee and daughters
Tiffany Cartee and daughters


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