Family members asked that an Elloree man charged in the death of their loved one spend just one minute thinking about it.
“We’ve got a lifetime to live with the pain,” said Valerie Kennedy, sister-in-law of 44-year-old Angie Mullins. Police say Mullins died after an altercation with her on-again, off-again boyfriend.
Herbert Jones Jr., known locally as “Cotton,” was charged with involuntary manslaughter in Mullins’ death.
Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus set bond Thursday on Jones at $75,000 surety.
Elloree Police Officer Shawn Murphee requested a high bond due to investigators’ belief that the 55-year-old Jones did not render aid for more than 12 hours after Mullins was beaten unconscious late Friday.
“She could have been possibly saved and here today,” Murphee said. “Due to that and the nature of the crime, we ask for $100,000 bond.”
Mullins was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland hospital in Columbia Saturday afternoon. She never regained consciousness and died on Monday.
A warrant against Jones claims the two got into an altercation late Friday at Jones’ Stack Avenue residence, resulting in Mullins being knocked to the floor where she remained unconsciousness for the next 12 to 14 hours.
Family members say they were told it appeared Mullins was struck in the head with a bottle.
They also say Mullins might be alive today had Jones called for help.
“No one called,” Kennedy said. “He sat there for 14 hours watching her die.”
Investigators say that late Saturday afternoon, Jones called a relative who in turn called for medical assistance.
An autopsy showed Mullins suffered a massive internal brain injury but showed no evidence to support the theory of a blow to the head with a bottle, police say.
However, investigators said Jones admitted to them he had pushed her down and did not call for help until hours later.
Investigators say the difficulty of the case is determining the main factor that led to Mullins’ death -- the push to the floor or her deteriorated health due to alcoholism.
Elloree Investigator Lin Shirer is leading the investigation that led to Jones’ arrest.
Dennis Moore is a neighbor who lives about a half block from the residence. He said Mullins told him she had been beaten by Jones on a couple of occasions.
“I saw the bruises,” Moore said. “There’s a lot more to it that will come out at the trial.”
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