A convicted sex offender admitted Tuesday that he strangled a 20-year-old South Carolina college student two years ago, leaving her body in her off-campus apartment with her bikini top still wrapped around her neck.

Jerry Buck Inman, 37, pleaded guilty to robbing, kidnapping, raping and murdering Tiffany Marie Souers of Ladue, Mo. Inman could face the death penalty when he is sentenced Sept. 8, and a defense psychiatrist testified that was what he wants.

"He wishes to die for what he's done," Dr. Donna Schwartz-Watts said. "He has consistently stated that."

The Clemson University engineering student's body was discovered May, 26, 2006. Authorities said Inman's DNA matched samples taken from Souers' apartment, and he was arrested near his mother's home in Dandridge, Tenn., about two weeks after Souers' body was found.

Inman, a tattooed man who still appears menacing in court despite handcuffs and shackles, stared straight ahead during much of the court hearing, answering yes or no to some basic questions.

He spent about 18 years in prison in North Carolina and Florida for rapes committed in those states as a teenager. He was free for about nine months before his June 2006 arrest. He also faces charges in the attempted rape of a 24-year-old woman in Rainsville, Ala., and in the rape of a 28-year-old woman in Sevierville, Tenn.

Authorities have said those crimes occurred in the days leading up to Souers' death.

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