Accused killer escapes from Columbia mental health facility

Jason Mark Carter

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - A man accused of killing two people in 2006 has escaped from a Columbia area mental facility.

Jason Mark Carter, who was committed after being found incompetent to stand trial in the 2006 murder of his mother and stepfather, has escaped from a mental health facility in Columbia.

Carter, 39, is a white male, standing about 510, weighing 165 lbs. with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black coat with a black and white sweater underneath and brown cargo pants. Officers said he may be driving in a stolen 1991 White Chevrolet van with a tag of SG61580 with the number 244 on the bumper.

Tracy LaPointe, spokesperson with the South Carolina of Mental Heath (DMH), said a patient participating on the DMH Northeast Campus in a work program for people found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity escaped from that campus. LaPointe did say the escape is under investigation.

The Oconee Sheriff's Department said on March 27th, 2006, deputies responded to a home in Seneca in response to a welfare check. During their search, officers found the bodies of Kevin and Debra Ann Perkins inside a locked room in the basement with Carter inside with the victims.

If you come in contact with Jason Mark Carter, use extreme caution and report any sightings to the Oconee County Sheriffs Office at 864-638-4111.

Anyone with information can call, text or submit online, their anonymous tip to Crimestoppers in any of the following ways:

CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.

TEXT to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPSC, followed by the tip information.

LOG onto:, and click on the red "Submit a tip tab.

Tipsters could earn a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.