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Elgin man arrested for attacking wife

Posted: July 10, 2014 5:27 p.m.
Updated: July 11, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Joey Matthew Tyner, 38, of Rocky Branch Lane, Elgin, on Wednesday after he allegedly cut, stabbed and beat his wife “viciously,” according to a KCSO press release.

Kershaw County deputies responded to Tyner’s home after county dispatchers received what the press release said was a “frantic” 911 call from Tyner’s wife. Responding deputies found Tyner’s wife walking down the street in front of her house. She was bleeding from head injuries and a stab wound to her arm. She also suffered from multiple blunt force trauma to different parts of her body.

Tyner’s wife told deputies her husband had beaten and stabbed her. Deputies immediately went to her home and found evidence of a struggle, with fresh blood stains on the front porch and throughout the house, the press release said. Deputies reported finding Tyner in a bedroom, passed out and intoxicated. Deputies took Tyner into custody and transported him to the Kershaw County Detention Center.

EMS transported his wife to a hospital where she is undergoing treatment and remains under observation for her injuries.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said Tyner has an extensive criminal record with previous arrests for trespassing, purchasing beer by a minor, assault and battery, accessory before the fact of grand larceny, public disorderly conduct, multiple counts of narcotics possession and breach of peace, three arrests for driving under suspension, four arrests for driving under the influence, three prior arrests for criminal domestic violence one of which was of a high and aggravated nature. one malicious injury to property, simple assault and battery, resisting arrest, shoplifting, second degree rape, assault on a female and a crime against nature.

“After researching Mr. Tyner’s criminal history it is once again very apparent that our judicial system has failed,” Matthews said in the press release. “The injuries this man inflicted on his wife were severe and extensive. He has a history of violence, especially towards women. If he is found guilty of these charges, I would hope that the sentencing judge will find it necessary to place him into prison for a very long time.”

In an additional statement to the C-I, Matthews said of Tyner, “He’s a very violent guy. It’s a pattern with this guy. He likes to beat women.”

Tyner will remain in the Kershaw County Detention Center pending a bond hearing which will be held before a circuit court judge in August. He will also be charged with kidnapping.

Laura Hudson, executive director for the South Carolina Crime Victims’ Council said the state has a “pandemic” of domestic violence.

“We are either No. 1 through No. 7 in the nation every year in criminal domestic violence homicides. We’re doing something wrong. They say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, well, something’s broke and we need to fix it,” Hudson said. “We’re not giving the amount of incarceration that’s allowed by law. We’re giving bond to those who don’t deserve bond because of their violent nature. It’s one of the few crimes that we know if we catch it in the early stages we might save a life. Forty percent of all the calls in our state involve criminal domestic violence. We have good laws but many of our judges are not using good sense.”

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