The Clemson Bikini Murder Case

Tiffany Marie Souers Strangled With Her Own Bikini Top

Tiffany Souers
Tiffany Souers. Family photo

On May 26, 2006, Clemson University student Tiffany Marie Souers was found dead in her off-campus apartment by a former roommate. She was wearing only a bra and had a bikini top wrapped around her neck. There was no sign of forced entry into her apartment.

Police released surveillance photos of someone using Tiffany's debit card, shortly after she died, in hopes of finding her killer.

Latest Developments

Bikini Killer Appeals Death Sentence
Sept.
23, 2011
The serial rapist who asked for the death penalty in the Clemson Bikini Murder case has apparently changed his mind. Jerry Buck Inman has appealed his death sentence claiming prosecutorial misconduct during the penalty phase of his trial.

Previous Developments

Bikini Killer Sentenced to Death
April 22, 2009
Saying he is too violent to be rehabilitated in prison, Jerry Buck Inman asked a South Carolina judge to sentence him to death for the rape and murder of a Clemson University student. He got his wish. Judge Edward Miller agreed the death penalty was appropriate despite Inman's attorney's pleas.

Mistrial Sought in Bikini Killer's Penalty Hearing
April 20, 2009
Attorneys for Jerry Buck Inman who entered a guilty plea for the murder of a Clemson college student have asked for a mistrial in the death penalty hearing in the Bikini Murder Case. Lawyers said prosecutors harassed and intimidate a defense witness hired to discuss Inman's troubled youth.

Bikini Murder Sentencing Delayed
Sept. 11, 2008
Sentencing for the man who pleaded guilty to the murder of Clemson University student Tiffany Marie Souers was delayed this week after an expert witness for the defense refused to testify even after being granted immunity.

Jerry Buck Inman Pleads Guilty to Bikini Murder
Aug.

19, 2008
Convicted sex offender Jerry Buck Inman has pleaded guilty to robbery, kidnapping, rape and murder in connection with the death of a Clemson University student in May 2006. Inman admitted in court that he strangled the 20-year-old Tiffany Marie Souers with her own bikini top.

Change of Venue Denied in Bikini Murder Case
May 8, 2008
A South Carolina judge has turned down a motion by attorneys for Jerry Buck Inman to move his trial in the Clemson University bikini murder case to a different location. Judge Edward Miller ruled that the trial for the murder of Tiffany Marie Souers will take place in Pickens County in September as scheduled.

Third Attorney Appointed in Bikini Murder
April 17, 2005
A South Carolina judge has appointed a third attorney to help defend a convicted sex offender who is charge with the murder of a 20-year-old Clemson University student.

Judge Demands Bikini Murder Suspect's DNA
Jan. 8, 2007
A South Carolina judge ordered convicted sex offender Jerry Buck Inman to give fingerprints and DNA samples to investigators.

Death Penalty Sought in Clemson Bikini Murder
Aug. 23, 2006
South Carolina prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Jerry (Buck) Inman in the murder of Tiffany Maria Souers.

A gag order has been issued in the case.

Suspect Captured in Clemson Murder Case
June 7, 2006
A registered sex offender suspected in the killing of a Clemson University student who was strangled with a bikini top, was captured early in Jefferson County, Tennessee.

Evidence Developing in Clemson Student's Death
June 1, 2006
Authorities say they are fast developing evidence and expect a resolution in the case of a 20-year-old Clemson University student whose partially nude body was found in her off-campus apartment strangled with a bikini top.