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Catoe awaiting bond

Sheriff: Not a flight risk or danger to community

Posted: June 25, 2018 5:11 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Stacey Catoe

Stacey McClintock Catoe, 43, of Westville, continues to be held at the Kershaw County Detention Center on a murder charge as she awaits a bond hearing before a circuit court judge.

Catoe is accused of fatally shooting Brenda Marie Coates, 54, also of Westville, in the neck around 9:30 p.m. June 17. Deputies arrested Catoe on Thursday after she turned herself in to Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies at the county jail, accompanied by her attorneys.

According to Sheriff Jim Matthews, the shooting took place at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Catoe Road, just south of Carolina Motorsports Park. The following morning, June 18, Matthews confirmed he knew of a story being circulated that Catoe -- who he had not identified at that point -- had caught her husband with Coates.

“We are not disputing that story, but we are not confirming it at this point,” Matthews said at the time.

A press release issued Thursday did not indicate any motive for the shooting, nor did it provide a detailed timeline. Matthews declined to elaborate during a telephone interview Friday morning.

“I am not going to comment on that,” Matthews said. “Maybe it’s going to come out at trial.”

Matthews did say he does not consider Catoe a flight risk nor a danger to the community.

“This wasn’t a home invasion, or a drug deal gone bad. It appears to be a crime of passion, although we don’t know that either way. Of course, the victim’s family will probably want her to stay in jail because she killed somebody. There are a lot of emotions on both sides, but we’ll leave it to a judge,” he said.

In Thursday’s press release, the KCSO said responding deputies found Coates dead, sitting in her own car, with a gunshot wound to the neck. Catoe’s car had reportedly been seen leaving the scene. Eventually locating Catoe, deputies found a .380 caliber pistol and a spent .380 shell casing in her car.

Investigators seized both vehicles, finding a .380 caliber bullet lodged inside Coates’ vehicle. On Thursday, the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division confirmed for the KCSO that the bullet that killed Coates came from the .380 pistol seized from Catoe’s vehicle.

That evidence led to a warrant being issued for Catoe’s arrest and, apparently, her decision to turn herself in to deputies.

According to online court records, Catoe has been found guilty or pleaded guilty to several charges of speeding. In its press release Thursday, the sheriff’s office said Catoe was arrested for DUI in 1997, but the C-I was unable to find such a charge through online court databases from Kershaw and adjacent counties.

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