The suspect in the bikini strangulation murder of a Clemson University junior had an extensive sexual criminal record that dates back nearly two decades, FOXNews.com has learned.
Jerry Buck Inman, 35, was booked in Pickens County, S.C., Wednesday after waiving his right to dispute his extradition from Tennessee.
Officers arrested Inman late Tuesday on a warrant for first-degree murder, kidnapping and rape in connection to the May 26 death of Tiffany Marie Souers, 20, in Central, S.C. Bond was set for $1 million on a fugitive from justice charge Wednesday in Jefferson County, Tenn.
Inman's criminal record stretches back to 1987, when he was convicted in Florida for sexual battery with a weapon, kidnapping, aggravated assault, armed robbery, armed burglary and grand theft auto. He was paroled from a Florida jail in September 2005.
Inman also has felony convictions in North Carolina for a sexual offense and a prison escape. He is a registered sex offender in North Carolina and Florida.
Jefferson County Sheriff David Davenport told FOX News that his department apprehended Inman Tuesday about a mile from his parents' home in Dandridge, Tenn. He was driving a red Chevrolet S-10 Blazer.
"He told us he hadn't been watching the news, thank God, and didn't know that warrants had been issued for him because he quite frankly said he'd been gone if he'd known that," Davenport said.
Wearing black and white striped prison garb, Inman waived his right to contest extradition Wednesday in the Jefferson County courthouse. South Carolina authorities transported Inman to Pickens County, S.C., where he was booked Wednesday.
"This guy was kind of like a nomad that lived out of his vehicle," Davenport said. "From speaking with him, it wasn't out of character for him to travel several hundred miles and go to different areas."
Davenport told FOX News that police are investigating Inman's possible involvement in another sexual crime in another state. "It seems like he may have done this sometime in the recent past," he said.
That incident occurred three days before Souers' death in Rainsville, Ala., according to a report in The Greenville News.
Authorities believe Souers, a civil engineering student from Ladue, Mo., was killed around 1:30 a.m. on May 26 in her apartment at The Reserve, a sprawling complex a few minutes from the Clemson University campus. She was wearing only a bra, with a bikini top around her neck. Her wrists and ankles were bound.
Souers' mother, Bren, said her daughter fought off her attacker. "There were defensive wounds," Bren Souers said. "She gave him a great fight."
"Things like this don't happen at Clemson," said Ryan Smith, Souers' former boyfriend. "You just want to know why? How can this happen to her?"
Souers' friend, Ashley Ellis, said the killer could have easily knocked on the door late at night.
"We had an incident where a washing machine overflowed and they had to come and knock on our door at 4 o'clock in the morning, so she could have thought it was maintenance," Ellis said. "They could have posed as anyone; they could have posed as the cops, anything. And her door could have been unlocked. She did do that a lot."
The slain student's roommate, Christina Morello, said the roommates did think about safety, however.
"We locked our doors for the most part," she said. "But Clemson is a college town and you always think, 'OK, we've never seen any shady people who've ever been mean to us.' We've never had any problems.'"
Morello said there had been construction going on near the apartment complex, but she did not recognize Inman. The construction workers "may know who we are, but for the most part, we don't really look at them," she added.
Tony Bell, the senior project manager of Colorworks Construction and Development, said Inman did not work for the company and had not been at the site near The Reserve, The Greenville News reported Wednesday.
Ellis said she hadn't seen Inman before. "Honestly, he does look familiar, like a scary guy out of a movie, but I haven't seen him before, no," she said.
On June 2, 13th Circuit Solicitor Bob Ariail released photographs of a suspect attempting to use Souers' bank card a few hours after her death. The man wore a bandanna over his face and drove an early model SUV.
Ariail on Tuesday announced the warrant for Inman's arrest after DNA evidence collected from Souers' apartment matched his profile in a national sex offender database.
Souers' parents, friends and Clemson University officials expressed relief Wednesday that a suspect has been apprehended.
"We're relieved to get him out of society and where he belongs," Bren Souers said, adding she hoped something positive might come out of her daughter's death.
"I hope the people that met her take away just an ounce of her givingness and spread that on in the world," Bren Souers said. "That would make her happy."
Lisa Trippany, a fellow Clemson student and friend of Souers, said her feelings had switched from sadness to anger now that Inman had been apprehended.
"I think being afraid would be letting him win, and I'm really not going to change my lifestyle for this guy," Trippany said. "I think it was a random act of violence here at Clemson and an isolated thing and I'm not going to let it rule my life."