Post and Courier
July 10, 2014

Sailor returned to Berkeley County to face charges in Sangaree double homicide

Posted: 10/11/2013 04:13 p.m.
Updated: 10/11/2013 06:27 p.m.


Staff report

A 22-year-old sailor implicated in a double homicide in Sangaree arrived Friday afternoon in Berkeley County following his extradition from Virginia, authorities said.

Jacob Theopholis Philip, a student at the Nuclear Power Training School in Goose Creek, is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his former girlfriend, Ashley Kaney, 26, and her 8-year-old daughter, Riley Burdick.

Sheriff’s Capt. Rick Ollic confirmed that Philip was booked into the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner. Through his attorney, Philip waived his right to a bail hearing before a magistrate and will remain jailed for the present time, he said.

Riley was found strangled in her bed Oct. 1 in her home on Kershaw Road. The girl was a student at Sangaree Intermediate School. Her mother also had been killed, but her cause of death has not been released pending further tests, authorities said.

Deputies discovered the bodies around noon that day after a social worker from Sangaree Intermediate School went to the house to check on why the girl had not been to school. The social worker called the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office when nobody answered the door.

Berkeley County sheriff’s deputies said their deaths were a case of domestic violence. Kaney’s friends told The Post and Courier she was in love with Philip but they had concerns about his temper and aggressive nature.

Police in Virginia Beach, Philip’s hometown, stopped him the same day the bodies were found after he was spotted in a parking lot in a stolen vehicle, authorities said. He was charged with grand larceny in connection with that vehicle and held in Virginia Beach while awaiting extradition to South Carolina, police said.