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Man at Center of Teen Arrested for Defending Mother Sentenced to 10 Days in Jail

web posted August 2, 2014

EDGEFIELD A Johnston man at the center of a case where a woman's teenage son was arrested for hitting Lester Merriweather, 54, in the head with a brick to get him to stop choking his mother, got his day in court on Wednesday. Merriwether wis accused of attacking another woman by pushing her over an outdoor table before turning his wrath on the teen's mother and began choking her in the doorway.

As Edgefield Daily reported, that is when the woman's 15-year-old son picked up a brick and admittedly struck Merriweather on the side of his head causing him to stop the attack and leave the scene. The brick also caused injuries to Merriweather's head that needed stitches and staples to close, resulting Merriweather being issued a citation rather than being taken into custody at the time.

The other woman that Merriweather attacked, Felisha Bletcher, 37, was also arrested at the scene.

On Wednesday, Merriweather appeared in Magistrate Court with Chief Magistrate Brenda Carpenter presiding. After hearing both sides, Merriweather was found guilty by Judge Carpenter and sentenced to 10 days in jail (meaning he will serve 5 days) or pay a $250 fine. As of Friday afternoon, Merriweather remained behind bars at the Edgefield County Detention Center and could be released as early as Sunday.

However, the first woman Merriwether is accused of attacking and the mother's son, 15, have both been charged with higher charges for defending the mother. At this time the two are charged with assault and battery in the second degree, which can be transferred to General Sessions Court and treated as a felony or high misdemeanor.

There was no court date available for their cases. Since the son is a minor it will be handled in Family Court.

We will more updates as the case continues to make its way through the court system.

Johnston Man Charged in Alleged Attack of Teen's Mother
web posted July 23, 2014

Teen Arrested for Defending Mother During Attack
web posted July 22, 2014

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