Two male suspects were arrested in two separate incidents at the Edgefield County Court House, Monday, July 11, all before lunch time. According to an Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, the first incident occurred a little after 10:00 when a court house bailiff instructed a man in the courtroom to sit up while in court. The man gave a profane reply to which the bailiff informed in there is no use of bad language in the courthouse. Courthouse staff then had the man report to a hallway office to speak with him. However, there the suspect continued to use profane language. As such, he was arrested for disorderly conduct and transported to the Edgefield County Detention Center. The report details how the suspect continued his profane rants on the way to jail and in jail as well.
The second incident happened nearly an hour later as an ECSO deputy stationed at the front doors of the courthouse observed a man on the courthouse steps strike a woman on the head and then grab her by the neck. The deputy, along with another ECSO deputy, then went outside and arrested the man. It was discovered that the man and woman had a previous relationship during which they cohabitated and had a child in common. It was also learned that the suspect had previously been convicted three times for domestic violence; in 2011 for CDV, in 2013 for CDV 2nd, and in 2015 for CDV 3rd. As a result of this incident, domestic violence charges are again pending against this suspect.
The victim in this incident did have visible red marks to her neck. However, there was no report of her needing medical attention.