WJBF has investigated and discovered new details surround an Aiken County murder-suicide that left 67 year old grandfather, Ronald Wilson, the shooter, and his 16 year old grandson dead.
The shooting happened on the 900 block of Whaley Pond Road in Graniteville.
Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said that Ronald Wilson was released on another domestic violence incident within 72 hours of the shooting; that raised red flags and Ashley Bridges investigated what that prior incident entailed: It too involved a gun.
Less than 48 hours before a 16 year old was murdered by his own grandfather, the people living at 923 Whaley Pond Road cried out for help.
A November 7th incident report shows that Anna Wilson called 9-1-1 saying that Ronald Wilson had a gun, and she was afraid he was going to shoot her. Grandson 16 year old Gerald Wilson was also at the home that day.
"Deputies did a thorough job investigating, which resulted in a domestic violence first offense," Aiken County Sheriff's Office Captain Eric Abdullah said.
Following Saturday's murder-suicide, many are asking why Wilson wasn't behind bars.
"If we make an arrest, by law they have to have a bond hearing," Abdullah said.
WJBF contacted Solicitor Strom Thurmond Jr. who confirmed that Wilson was entitled to a bond hearing within 48 hours. As a first time domestic violence offender, he bonded out on 2,505 dollars. Wilson was ordered to have no contact with the victims. But the victims lived at 923 Whaley Pond - and Wilson lived right next door at 925.
November 9th the crime scene tape went up: Wilson shot his grandson in the head before killing himself. One neighbor says he heard shots and drove by the home.
"It's a sight you don't want to see," said neighbor Harold Lott, "the man laying on the ground in a puddle of blood."
Now Lott and others are asking questions.
"My question is why didn't they do a little further investigation before this took place, maybe it could have been prevented," Lott said.
We asked the Aiken County Sheriff's Office; they say they did everything they legally could:
"Our job is to enforce the law, regardless of what it says, that's our mandate to enforce the law," Abdullah said.
Which leaves many asking if South Carolina's domestic violence laws are tough enough.
Autopsies for Gerald Wilson and Ronald Wilson are pending in Newberry.
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