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Monday, September 1, 2014
According to an incident report filed with North Augusta Public Safety, Debra Morris stated, “I actually did it” when asked on Sept. 1 about her husband, Stephen Morris, who was found dead in their home.
Stephen Morris, 63, was killed by a fatal gunshot wound to the head.
Officers were dispatched to 609 W. Woodlawn Ave. in North Augusta at 11:55 a.m.
As neighbors were milling around the area of the home, many were in shock at the nature of the crime and the sight of Debra Morris being in police custody.
The home is in the Hammond Hills neighborhood of North Augusta.
In the report, the officer states that he was “under the impression that this was possibly a suicide call.”
However, upon arrival, the officer made contact with Debra Morris, 59, in the living room, according to the report.
The officer asked her what happened, and she told the officer that the couple had been having marital problems, the report stated.
“Public Safety received a call shortly before noon in reference to a gunshot victim,” Lt. Tim Thornton, with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, said Monday afternoon. “Public Safety arrived on the scene … and once inside, they found one male, 63 years old, deceased at the scene.”
After admitting to shooting her husband, Debra Morris also advised the officer that the gun was in the kitchen, the report said.
She was then arrested, and the gun was found in the kitchen, police said.
The officer found Stephen Morris lying on the bed, deceased, in the master bedroom with a large amount of blood near his head, along with several pools of blood on the floor next to the bed, according to the report.
There also was blood splatter on the floor and what appeared to be a bullet fragment, police said.
At the home Monday, Debra Morris had her hands secured in a paper bag, and she was then taken to headquarters at North Augusta Public Safety.
She later was booked into the Aiken County detention center on charges of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
“The gaps and the details will be filled in as more unfolds and as we learn more,” Thornton said Monday afternoon.
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star.