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Elderly man rams car into family of mourners at cemetery because he was angry at the Department of Mental Health

By Mason White 4:41 PM July 23, 2017
James B. Kester
James B. Kester
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) An elderly man who was angry with the Department of Health, rammed his car into a group of mourners at a cemetery, according to police in South Carolina.

Columbia Police investigators have arrested 64-year-old James B. Kester, after being accused of running over a group of people at the Greenlawn Cemetery, injuring multiple people who were attending a graveside funeral.

Kester has been charged with twelve counts of attempted murder. He was booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, and his bail has been set at $5 million.

A judge ordered him to have no contact with the victims and their families. He was also banned from driving and must wear a GPS monitoring device.

According to the police investigation, Kester was upset with the way the Department of Health treated his daughter. On Wednesday afternoon Kester drove to the cemetery.

Kester is accused of intentionally driving his car into the twelve victims at a grave site on Leesburg Road, during a funeral for a woman who worked at the Department of Health.

The victims, ranging from 11 to 78 years old, were treated at several nearby hospitals for non-life threatening injuries, including broken arms, legs, and hips.

All victims are members of the same family. After the incident, officers were able to detain Kester and bring him to the police station for questioning.

During a bail hearing, Kester complained about his bail being set too high. In response, the judge asked whether he should raise it, to which Kester quickly replied “no.”