Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
BARNWELL, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A Barnwell woman will not face charges for shooting her son after he allegedly threatened her and attacked the mother of his children.
According to Chief Reuben Black, Bettie Ann Newton shot Venson Jones outside her Turner Street home on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Chief Black said that Jones was attacking the mother of his 4 children, 37-year-old Wanda Badger.
According to the incident report, Newton told investigators that he did exactly what he said he was going to do. She told them that Jones threatened to assault her and burn her house down just the day before. She went to the store where Badger worked to let her know what he said. Newton claims that Jones asked for a hammer to bust open Badger's head and kill her, and then carry out his original plan to assault his mother and burn her house down.
The incident report states Badger advised Newton not to go back to Jones' house.
Investigators said Jones asked Newton for a hammer and she said she didn't have one, however her husband gave Jones a hammer without knowing what was going to happen.
Investigators said Jones asked Badger to bring him a case of water from the store. When she arrived, she told him to get the water out of the backseat.
The incident report said that when Jones reached into the backseat, he began to hit her over the head with a hammer. She sustained several cuts to her head and arms.
Investigators said that Jones then proceeded to charge at Newton after she told him to go home, and that's when she shot him.
Chief Black said that Newton was afraid of her son, and that charges would not be filed against him.
Newton told investigators she shot Jones three times. According to the incident report, both Badger and Newton are pressing charges against Jones.
Jones is currently recovering at Augusta University Medical Center, and investigators said that he will be charged for attempted murder of Badger.