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Coroner: Aiken County Woman Killed by Husband


An Aiken County woman was killed Thursday night in a shooting allegedly committed by her husband, authorities say.

Edward Vaughn II, 38, of Aiken is being held in the Aiken County Jail on charges of murder. His wife, 36-year-old Brana Vaughn, was pronounced dead at her home on Cooper Drive at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Coroner Tim Carlton said in a press release.

“When deputies arrived on scene, the witness informed them that the suspect … shot the victim after being involved in a verbal argument,” sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said in a press release. “Deputies found the victim in the kitchen of the residence suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Emergency Medical Personnel responding to the scene and attempted life saving measures. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene.”

Authorities say “minor children” were present in the home at the time of the shooting but were not injured.

Edward Vaughn II has at least three previous arrests, including failure to appear on a cocaine charge as well as a driving under suspension and open container violation.

Stay tuned for more…

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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