Man charged in Anderson Co. Deputy Hodges’ death

Joseph Fleming
Joseph Fleming

ANDERSON Co., SC (WSPA) – SC Dept. of Natural Resources has charged a man in connection to the death of Anderson Co. Deputy Devin Hodges.

Joseph Jess Fleming, 37, of Pendleton is charged with Reckless Homicide by operation of boat, according to Robert McCullough with DNR.

Fleming works for the Army Corps of Engineers and driving the boat during a training exercise on Lake Hartwell.

According to DNR, Fleming executed a maneuver during the training exercise and three people were thrown from the boat: Fleming, Hodges, and another deputy.

Coroner Greg Shore said Hodges drowned because his life jacket got caught on a propeller.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office released this statement Friday evening:

As we are still in mourning over the loss of Master Deputy Devin Hodges, our thoughts and prayers remain with his family and all those involved in this tragic accident.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office appreciates a long-standing relationship with both the Army Corps of Engineers and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and will continue to work together with each agency as we serve the citizens of Anderson County.