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Merriwether Man Dies after 3 Months in Coma following Alleged Beating

web posted July 4, 2014

MERRIWETHER Gregory Wallace, 43, who was found unconscious and unresponsive on the morning of Sunday, March 30, has died. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Poteet Funeral Home on Peach Orchard Road in Augusta. Edgefield County Coroner Thurmond Burnett said his office was notified of the death Thursday morning and that an autopsy has been completed, but no ruling on the cause of death is available at this writing. "We're just going to have to wait and see," Burnett said.

Sheriff's Chief Investigator Randy Doran said the investigation into the case continues and that they persist following the evidence in the case in order to solve the unknowns that shroud the investigation.

Who did it, when and why?

Wallace was partially paralyzed and was confined most of the time to a wheelchair and spent most of his day at home. He and his wife were going through a divorce and the couple had separated before the incident.

Wallace never regained consciousness after being rushed to the Trauma Center in Augusta where he underwent surgery for a head injury and treatment for other injuries he sustained. He was never able to tell investigators what happened or who his attacker or attackers may have been. 

At this time there are no witnesses, other than people who contacted the Sheriff's Office reporting who they saw at the house prior to Wallace being found by a woman coming to take him to church that Sunday morning. She reported that Wallace did not answer when she knocked on the door and entered when she found the door unlocked. Once inside she saw blood and then discovered Wallace laying on the floor and called 911.

Wallace's mother had been at the home on Currytown Road on the Saturday afternoon before for a visit. What happened between the time she left and 9:30 am the following morning remains unknown.

One witness reported passing the home twice stating that a woman cussed and yelled at her as she passed the home both times, once on her way to run an errand and the second when she was returning home. The woman gave a written statement to the Sheriff's Office. She described the woman she saw as a "crazy lady" to this writer on the scene. She was able to provide a description of the car as well as descriptions of the woman that yelled at her and another woman that was at the house.

Another nearby resident stopped and gave a statement on who he had seen at the home prior to the incident when he saw the crime scene tape and inquired about what had taken place.

The Edgefield County Sheriff's Forensic Investigator spent at least two days processing the scene for evidence, including photos, fingerprints, a walking cane with blood on it, blood evidence on the walls and floors, most of which has been sent to SLED for processing that has not been completed at this time.

How long Wallace had been on the floor unconscious before he was found is unknown, Inv. Doran said Thursday. It could have been less than an hour or several hours.

There was no forced entry into the home and, to date, nothing has been report missing from inside the home. A knife found on the floor near where Wallace was found had been seized as evidence, but was later ruled out as a possible weapon used in the alleged attack.

At this writing the case has not been ruled a homicide. Coroner Burnett said that it could take up to three weeks for a final ruling to be made in the death.

All previous reports are linked in this report filed on July 3, 2014.

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