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An Orangeburg man is accused of trying to kill a woman with a shotgun on Redmon Street.

Lonnie Darnell Switzer, 39, of 990 Redmon Street, is charged with attempted murder.

His warrant accuses him of causing serious bodily injury to the woman after allegedly using a shotgun to shoot her in the stomach.

Neither law enforcement nor the victim’s mother know what relationship, if any, Switzer had to the victim.

Switzer appeared before Orangeburg County Magistrate Derrick Dash on Tuesday morning.

During Switzer’s arraignment, the victim’s mother told the court, “I don’t know this gentleman.”

“My daughter didn’t deserve this,” she said. “She’s in the hospital and she’s on life support.”

She said surgeons weren’t able to remove all of the bullet and fragments.

“She has two children, a son and a daughter,” the victim’s mother said.

“We lost our oldest daughter to a brain tumor, my husband is disabled and I’m trying to help my sister with a 7-month-old baby and now (this), my daughter who was helping me,” she said.

She urged Dash not to set bond on Switzer.

“We don’t want him out, your honor, because we don’t know if we can trust him,” she said.

“He did this to my daughter at a close range, the doctor said,” she added.

A circuit court judge will decide later if Switzer should be released on bond. He remains at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

Switzer is currently serving a five-year probation term.

On March 2, 2017, Switzer pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. He was originally charged with attempted murder.

A circuit judge sentenced Switzer to 10 years in prison, suspended to five years of probation.

His probation term ends March 1, 2022.

Prior to that, Switzer pleaded guilty in 2012 to third-degree assault and battery by mob.

A circuit judge sentenced him to prison for one year, suspended to seven days in prison and one year of probation.

If Switzer is convicted of attempted murder, he faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.

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Crime Reporter

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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