Judge Tammy Bullock resigned as Deputy Probate Judge in Marlboro County South Carolina after being caught plundering through a dead man’s home in January 2021 while his wife was still there! Security video shows Bullock and “a group” plundering the home around the deceased man’s wife who suffers from dementia in search of a will.
Judge Mark Heath who has been presiding over the case knowing that the deputy judge and “a group” plundered the woman’s home after her husband’s death finally decided to recuse himself in October, but he also swore Bullock in as a deputy judge that could act in his absence seven weeks after finding out that she and “the group” plundered the dead man’s home! Bobby Norris told Judge Heath about the videos back in January but says he never heard back from Heath.
After Fox News begin airing the Final Disrespects series, the South Carolina Supreme Court’s investigative unit and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel sent subpoenas to the Bennettsville Police Department seeking records in Bullock’s prosecution. Sources familiar with that office told the reporter, Jody Barr that the unit also sent subpoenas to the Marlboro County Probate Judge’s Office.
“We have received a subpoena for records pertaining to the case and we have fulfilled those particular subpoena needs, wants, and questions regarding this case and that has been forwarded to our city attorney so they can properly go through the channels to ensure that information is given to that state agency,” Bennettsville Police Chief Kevin Miller told FOX 46.
The ODC that acts as a “screening and investigating” arm for the South Carolina judicial system will not confirm the investigation. Instead reporters are told that state employees can face a contempt charge for violating court confidentiality rules that prohibit members of the Supreme Court and its employees from confirming such investigations.
“Court rules prohibit us from confirming the existence of disciplinary investigations while they are ongoing, so I will not be able to respond to your request,” South Carolina Judicial Branch Public Information Director, Ginny Jones wrote in the statement to Jody Barr.
Deputy Judge Tammy Bullock also faces other charges;
On Feb. 5, Bennettsville Police charged Bullock with pointing and presenting a firearm during an argument with her roommate. Bullock was never arrested in the case after city police investigators chose to charge Bullock under a city ordinance instead of the state’s criminal code.
Bullock was issued a criminal citation on a state traffic summons. Bullock’s trial on that charge is set for Nov. 16 in Bennettsville.
And a charge of impersonating a judge.
Despite the charges and allegations, South Carolina Secretary of State records show Marlboro County Deputy Probate Judge Tammy Bullock was issued this oath of office on March 15, 2021. (Source: South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office)
Chief Miller asked the State Law Enforcement Division to “review” his department’s prosecution decisions following the Fox News investigation into the Bullock weapon charge. SLED declined Miller’s request. “At this time no information or evidence has been obtained to warrant SLED opening a new criminal investigation into this matter. There is no evidence to indicate anything improper was done by the arresting agency or officers. Any cursory review of the initial arrest would be handled by the City Attorney or Solicitor’s Office,” SLED spokesman Tommy Crosby wrote in a response to FOX 46 seeking clarification on the agency’s decision.
Will Rogers, 4th circuit solicitor, directed the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office to send a separate criminal investigation into Bullock to SLED in June citing a potential conflict of interest between his office and the probate court. The Fourth Circuit Solicitor Will Rogers who performs legal work for the county probate office declined to be involved with the investigation saying that it would not “be proper” for his office to be involved in any investigation of Bullock.
Two months later, after the separate criminal investigation was presented to SLED in June the agency officially opened the investigation into Bullock. Bullock is accused of impersonating a judge, rummaging through a dead man’s home, and participating in removing property from the deceased man’s home.
Security cameras outside Hollis Slade’s home captured discussions between Bullock and the group about keeping financial information they found inside the man’s home from his family and Bullock and “the group” searching the man’s home looking for his will.
Chief Miller is the only law enforcer in Marlboro County to agree to an interview regarding Deputy Probate Judge Tammy Bullock. “This interview was important to me because let’s face it, I could have hid behind a desk, I could have hid behind a phone; that’s very easy to do is to hide. I’m out here in the open. I want people to know this is the truth, these are the facts. The Bennettsville Police Department is 100% acting in good faith with everything we’ve done,” Miller told Fox 46.
“I will not hide behind a desk or a door or a phone from anyone who has questions about anything pertaining to this case. That is not who I am and that is not what this police department represents,” Miller said. Miller submitted the case to the city’s attorney’s office for review and has requested the city attorney prosecute the case during the scheduled Nov. 16 trial.