Bond denied for woman accused of workplace shooting

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LAURENS CO., SC (WSPA) – A judge denied bond Monday for the woman being held on charges related to a shooting at a Wal Mart Distribution Center in Laurens Sunday that sent a man to the hospital with injuries.

56-year-old Deborah Morgan of Greenwood is charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime, and violation of a protection order. 

Both the shooter and the victim were employees of the distribution center, according to Sheriff Don Reynolds.

Deputies were called to the scene ‪around 3:40pm‬ Sunday for a report of an active shooter. 

The sheriff said there was not an active shooter and the incident only involved the shooter and the victim.

The suspect was found sitting in a break room near the main entrance a short time later and was taken into custody.

Sheriff Reynolds says the victim has been taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. 

The victim, Mark Williams of Greenwood, was represented by his attorney, Brad Cranshaw, at the hearing where he argued for Morgan’s bond to be denied. 

“He’s lucky to be alive,” said Cranshaw to 7News after the hearing. 

Cranshaw said what happened Sunday was the result of an escalating series of events between his client and Morgan. 

Cranshaw told 7News the two had been in a lengthy relationship and had broken it off in recent months. 

Cranshaw presented a restraining order issued in Greenwood in January 2019 ordering Morgan to stay away from Williams.  

He added his client fears for his life and stated that if Morgan was released he’s afraid she would come after him again. 

Morgan was represented by a public defender who argued Morgan has deep ties to the community and should be released due to her “minimal criminal history” with no felonies or convictions to show she’s a flight risk. 

The public defender asked for a reasonable bond to be issued as about 10 family members and friends of Morgan watched on from court. 

In the end, the judge denied her bond basing his decision on the seriousness of the charges, the magnitude of the response by law enforcement, and the fact that Morgan left the building and came back with the weapon to shoot Williams. 

Morgan’s brother, Kenneth Anderson, spoke to 7News on behalf of the family outside the detention center. 

“I’m not gonna ever advocate for someone to use that type of violence,” said Anderson.

He continued, “But, I know my sister. She’s not a violent person. She’s not someone who’s gonna go out there and try to shoot and kill anybody. She’s never even really been arrested for anything so I know and we know as a family that she would not do this unless she was pushed.”

Cranshaw added, “Today, the relief my client has through the court is that he can go home and rest assured she’s not gonna try to kill him tonight.” 

Cranshaw said Williams, a 31-year veteran employee of the distribution center, is out of the hospital, recovering at home, and hopes to return to work.

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