Sheriff: Man Killed During Fight Had Been Charged With Domestic...

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Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says a man killed during a domestic dispute this past weekend had been charged with domestic violence once before.

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Betsy Johnston

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Jan 29, 2007
 
Dear Lord. I do hope the courts will be lenient with this poor woman.
Rena Harrelson

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Jan 29, 2007
 
It was obvious that she was in fear for her life. She reacted accordingly.
HHH

Columbia, SC

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Jan 30, 2007
 
As a former abused wife, I have some insight into this type of situation. There will be those who will say, "Well, why didn't she just leave?" There is no easy answer. My ex-husband threatened to hunt me down and kill me or, if he couldn't find me, then he would kill my mother. There are many, many ways an abuser can keep someone under his (or in some cases, her) thumb. I, too, hope that this lady will be shown leniency and mercy and be able to perhaps find peace and happiness. I did not have to resort to this final act, but I did find a decent, caring man who truly loves me and I do not have to live in fear anymore.
Justice

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Jan 30, 2007
 
Everyone have choices. I am not saying what the deceased did was right but, we all have choices. She could have left the marriage long time ago. What is sad to me is "almost" every time a woman kills a man in a domestic situation the reasoning is "she feared for her life".... this seem to be excuses and/or copycat killers. Again, she like "most women" have choices to leave before the situation esculates

Where were/are all these so-called friends and family members when this "abused" woman needed them. Nowhere to be found. But, as soon as tragedy strikes... they all appear, and have voices. Just like our government... nothing is never done until it is to late.
Tracey Walker Hilton

Columbia, SC

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Jan 30, 2007
 
I think when you love someone it is hard to leave or walk away even if there is abuse. We can all sit back and say if i could have or would have, no one can say what they will do until you are in her shoes.
God bless her.

My prayers go out to Mrs. franklin and her family.
JAY

Columbia, SC

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Jan 30, 2007
 
She ought to get a medal!!!
angel

Lugoff, SC

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Jan 30, 2007
 
When you spend as many years with a person as this woman did and have children with this person, it's not always easy to walk away. In there generation and the ones before them. It was taught that when you married you were suppose to stand by that person no matter what. Even in my up bringing my mother stayed with my father even though he was an abusive alcoholic. so I was raised in this situation and have made the same choices in my relationships. thankfully i have found a wonderful person now to share my life with. The point is that you can't aways judge people for the decisions they have made until you put yourself in their shoes. May god bless this woman and her family though this trying time.
Sandy

Orangeburg, SC

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Jan 30, 2007
 
I hope that the courts will see that she had no other choice. It would have been her or him. Sometimes bad things happen to good people.
Grandmomma

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Jan 30, 2007
 
Please don't judge her until you have walked in her shoes. I too, had a abusive husband. He got mean when he drank. This happened before anyone talked about it (the early 60's). I was scared that I couldn't support myself and my children.I finally got a good job and was able to raise my kids by myself.(without child support, before the support law went thru family court).This lady is in my age range. Don't forget she has 4 children. You will put up with a lot for kids. Let God handle this. Please say a prayer and hope she finally has some peace on this earth.
A Daughter

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Feb 4, 2007
 
Unfortunately the media let out just enough information for people like you, who have obviously not lived with alcoholism and in domestic violence and are completely uneducated about both, to reply to this tragedy as simply as "Everyone have choices...She could have left the marriage long time ago...(improper grammar by the way)."
If you knew anything about the subject you'd realize that yes, almost every time a woman kills a man in a domestic situation, it is because she feared for her life because they do fear for their life and are about to be killed themselves.
My family has lived in total "hell" with an alcoholic and physically and emotionally abusive husband and father for 41 years. We, the four dauthers, have witnessed the abuse and been involved in the abuse. However, we loved our father and we love our mother and guess what? Our mother loved her husband! She did get help at various points in her life but HE didn't and wouldn't because he wouldn't even admit he had a problem. Alcoholism is a disease, just like drug addiction.
We have always and will always be around for our mother though we are adults and married, with our own children. We couldn't be there 24 hours a day. This tragic event occurred as my father planned it-when it was just the two of them and their beloved dog in the house.
I hope you make it a point to do a little research on alcoholism and domestic violence in an effort to educate yourself and those around you that are experiencing this because I guarantee you there is someone close to you who lives in the same "hell" as my family.
Justice wrote:
Everyone have choices. I am not saying what the deceased did was right but, we all have choices. She could have left the marriage long time ago. What is sad to me is "almost" every time a woman kills a man in a domestic situation the reasoning is "she feared for her life".... this seem to be excuses and/or copycat killers. Again, she like "most women" have choices to leave before the situation esculates
Where were/are all these so-called friends and family members when this "abused" woman needed them. Nowhere to be found. But, as soon as tragedy strikes... they all appear, and have voices. Just like our government... nothing is never done until it is to late.

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