Domestic Dispute Turns Deadly

Local mother killed by boyfriend, say authorities

Tools

By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA S.C. (WOLO) -- A Columbia man has been arrested and charged with killing his girlfriend, leaving behind the victim's young son.

If happened just before six this morning in the 300 block of Todd Branch Drive in Columbia.

According to Richland County Coroner, Gary Watts, 35-year-old Tabitha Priester died of a gunshot wound to the head. Her boyfriend, 31-year-old Percy Williams, has been arrested and charged with murder. Richland County authorities say Williams turned himself in shortly after the crime. Priester leaves behind a 6-year-old son, whose father is not the shooter.

Executive Director with Sistercare, a battered women's shelter, Nancy Barton, is saddened but not surprised. She says South Carolina ranks second in the nation for the rate of women killed by men. Her organization will serve some 600 women and children at its three emergency locations this year alone. An additional 6,000 will take part in other preventative domestic violence awareness programs.

She says one way to reverse the cycle of domestic abuse is to educate children earlier about its dangers. If you or someone you know is in an abused relationship, officials say plan an escape and seek the help of an expert. You may contact Sistercare at its 24-hour crisis line at 803-765-9428.

You have indicated this comment should be removed.

Close

The comment has been submitted for review. Thank you .

hootie said on Monday, Feb 25 at 6:52 PM

I knew SC has its problem with female domestic violence but was not aware we are #2 in nation. Why can't people just walk away?

114520966
Inappropriate? Alert Us!

Add a comment

Name:

Comment: 1000 Characters Left

ABC Columbia and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.

Columbia
Current: 48°
Rain
High: 50°
Low: 46°
Wind: 3 MPH
Pressure: 30.24
Humidity: 83 %

What's on WOLOTV Full Schedule