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Moonshine, Attempted Murder, Grand Theft Auto, Assault and Battery: One
Call has it All - And More
web posted January 24, 2013
EDGEFIELD – In what started out as a
disturbance call around 7 pm Tuesday night turned into ten long hours
of investigation and a search that has landed an Edgefield couple in
jail. Edgefield Police were first called to a dispute at the Pine
Street home of Timothy Brown, 34, and Ashley Knowles, 29, Tuesday
evening and both "had been drinking most of the night". It was later
admitted the pair was drinking moonshine.
In the first call Ms. Knowles claimed Brown had hit her with the phone.
After speaking with Brown, he claimed Knowles hit herself with the TV
remote and told him he was going to jail. The remote was found with the
back missing and the batteries scattered. Unable to determine who used
the remote the couple agreed that there would be no more problems and
the officer left.
At 10:31 pm Edgefield Police were called back out to the home, this
time for a report that Knowles had stolen Brown's father's truck and
was intoxicated and had a suspended drivers license for a previous DUI.
Edgefield Police, Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies and SC Highway
Patrol Officers searched all roads leading out of Edgefield in an
attempt to intercept Knowles driving the stolen truck. According to
officers, Knowles had driven through yards while leaving the scene.
Neither Knowles nor the truck was ever located. A BOLO (be on the look
out) was sent to surrounding counties at that time.
At 1:29 am Wednesday morning Edgefield Police were called again to the
couple's home with a report Knowles had returned with the stolen truck.
When officers arrived Knowles was taken into custody for the vehicle
theft and for driving under suspension for DUI. According to multiple
incident reports, Knowles claimed that Brown walked into the room and
"pointed a firearm at her and stated that he had to kill her now". A
spent shell casing was found laying on the living room floor in plain
According to her, the couple wrestled over the pistol and it
discharged, hitting the loveseat where Knowles was originally sitting.
She claimed that is when she stole the truck and left. However,
Officers were in the home on the first call and did not see any damage
to the sofa or a spent shell casing in their previous investigation.
Brown also gave conflicting stories, according to report, of where the
gun was located and claimed it was Knowles who first presented the
pistol. The pistol, a .45 caliber, was recovered in the top of a closet
in a bedroom. It was cleared and seized as evidence. A partial box of 9
mm pistol shells was found in the bathroom along with pills in a bottle
with no label. A similar pill was found on a tray table in another part
of the home and they were also seized.
Brown was taken into custody and transported to the Edgefield County
Detention Center. Knowles was transported to the Edgefield County
Hospital to be treated for swelling around her eye. She refused
treatment and threatened hospital staff, according to an incident
report. She was then transported to the jail for booking.
Brown has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon
during the commission of a violent crime. Knowles has been charged with
driving under suspension for DUI and use a vehicle without permission,
according to jail officials.
According to court records, Knowles was convicted of criminal domestic
violence in May of last year, a DUI conviction in November of 2011, and
disorderly conduct in September of 2011.
Brown is out on bond from a pending General Session weapons charge from
a 2010 incident for discharging a firearm while intoxicated. [Editor's
note: this charge has been settled in Magistrate Court]
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