News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, April 28, 2013
Frank Muns (WRDW-TV)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- After a three-week manhunt, an Aiken County man is now behind bars after allegedly attempting to murder his ex-wife.
Now, the victim's mom is speaking out for the first time only to News 12 about how the family has been holding up through the entire ordeal.
"I'm feeling relieved," said Lillian Stevenson.
Stevenson is the mother of Kim Turner, the woman who was allegedly shot twice by her ex-husband, Frank Muns, on April 6.
Investigators say Muns then went on the run for three weeks before they caught up with him Saturday evening.
"I didn't want it to be anything bad," Stevenson said. "I didn't want him hurt. I have no malice towards him."
Stevenson says she's known Muns for more than 30 years. Her daughter began dating him in high school, and years later, after having four kids, he became part of the family.
"He has a mother," she said. "And I feel for the mother because I know that she's going through a turmoil, just like I am."
Muns allegedly shot Turner once in the chest and once in her arm.
Stevenson says she never imagined he could do something like this to her daughter.
"He has been a good father ... to his children," she said.
And as deputies continued to pursue him, Stevenson says her family was in agony.
"That was three weeks of fear," she said. "I couldn't sleep at night. Last night was the first night I slept good and it was because he was caught."
Now Stevenson says she and Turner are just glad he's off the streets.
"She's doing better. She's relieved. The children are relieved, too," Stevenson said. "She still has the bullet in her rib, and it still hurts her. She'll be reminded of it for the rest of her life."
She says if she could talk to Muns, she'd just have one thing to say.
"I would like him to tell me why. What happened? And I know we forgive him, but all I say is thank you Jesus that my daughter's alive," she said.