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Aiken couple charged following domestic dispute

June 12, 2017

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office charged an Aiken couple Sunday following a violent domestic dispute at a residence on North Street.

Michael Wayne Pope, 39, is charged with first-degree domestic violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to jail records.

Teri Anne Murray, 29, is charged with second-degree domestic violence, jail records state.

Deputies responded to North Street around 1 p.m. Sunday and spoke with the couple who were arguing, according to the incident report.

Murray told deputies she and Pope were arguing about him cheating on her and he got mad, retrieved a firearm and fired off approximately seven rounds off the front porch, the report states.

After Pope stopped shooting the gun, Murray claims she punched him in the face because she was mad he had a gun in front of her two children, according to the report.

Pope then held Murray down on a bed and then threw a drill at her after letting her up, the report states.

Investigators spoke with Pope who admitted to the altercation, but said he did not shoot a firearm; he claimed the noises the neighbors heard were fireworks, according to the report.

Officers reported finding some shell casings out in the yard in front of the porch.

Both Murray and Pope were arrested and taken to the Aiken County detention center, while the two juveniles were put into the care of friends and family members, according to the report.

Murray was released after posting a $5,000 bond Monday morning, while Pope was still in custody Monday afternoon, according to the detention center.

Records show Pope was convicted of assault with intent to kill in 2007, and he was convicted of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature in 2009.