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Mayor's Wife Charged after Disturbance with Shot Fired
web posted January 1, 2013
MERRIWETHER – Edgefield County Sheriff's
Deputies reported two incidents involving Edgefield Mayor Ken Durham's
wife, Debra, Sunday evening about an hour apart. The first involving
speeding and a trespass notice given and the second after she is said
to have fired a shot from a handgun in the yard of a Republican Road
man's home after breaking a window. She then fled the scene
and crashed her white Honda SUV a short distance away.
According to an incident report, Debra Durham, 52, was spotted by an
Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy driving at a high rate of speed
Sweetwater Road near Mays Way. The deputy activated his blue lights and
Durham refused to stop until arriving at the Republican Road home.
After stating the reason for the traffic stop by the deputy, he
reported Durham was "very upset" and was given a warning ticket for
The deputy made contact with the owner of the home who stated he knew
Durham and wanted her off his property resulting in a verbal trespass
warning to Durham by the deputy. The deputy and Durham left the scene
About an hour later dispatchers radioed deputies that Durham was back
at the man's home and had "broken a window and discharged a firearm in
the yard". She was reported to be "yelling" and knocking on the man's
door. Deputies racing to the scene were then advised that Durham
had fled the scene on Republican Road and was still armed.
A few minutes later dispatch notified deputies that a vehicle matching
the description had been involved in a single vehicle crash with a
"roll-over" on Republican Road. Deputies arriving on the scene were
warned that Durham was
armed and to use caution. Upon arrival at the scene of the crash Durham
was found to be standing and talking to the first deputy that arrived.
Edgefield County EMS and the Merriwether Fire Department were also
Deputies located a Ruger LCP .380 pistol in the floorboard of the
driver's seat area and seized the weapon. It was loaded with hollow
point rounds with one round of the six round capacity clip missing from
gun. A spent shell casing was later found in the victim's yard next to
girlfriend's car. The shell casing was also photographed and seized as
Durham was transported to MCG by ambulance to be checked for injuries.
The SUV was heavily damaged on the front end after striking a tree
tearing the front passenger side axle from its mounting before rolling
on its side. It was towed from the scene.
Durham was cited for trespassing and the investigation into
the shooting incident is ongoing, Capt. Chris Wash said Monday.
According to the incident report, the
deputy noted "charges pending" the result of the investigation. It is
unknown what, if any, additional charges could be filed. No court date
Mrs. Durham is also a teacher at JET Middle School. Edgefield County
School Superintendent Greg Anderson declined to comment on the matter
until he had time to retrieve a copy of the incident report and review
the outcome of the investigation. Mr. Anderson said he is taking the
report seriously and would issue a statement later this week.
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