Pickens man kills stepfather, says man was a pedophile

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man told authorities that he killed his stepfather "to rid the world of a pedophile."

Pickens County sheriff's deputies said 31-year-old Travis Chad Davidson was in jail on Wednesday awaiting a bond hearing on a murder charge.

Authorities say Davidson argued with 49-year-old Richard Alvin Mulkey Tuesday night at Mulkey's home. They said Davidson threw Mulkey on the ground and stabbed him numerous times, leaving a kitchen knife sticking out of the man's exposed buttocks.

When they arrested him near the home, Davidson told deputies he had killed his stepfather because the victim was a pedophile.

Mulkey is not listed on South Carolina's sex offender registry, and deputies would not comment on Davidson's allegation.

It was not immediately clear if Davidson had an attorney.

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