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Coroner: Beech Island Woman Kills Husband, 78


An elderly man in Beech Island was shot to death by his drunken wife Tuesday morning after he repeatedly accused her of cheating,  according to authorities.

Mary Faglier ToddWilliam A. Todd, 78, of Maggie Valley Lane, was pronounced dead at about 5:15 a.m. Tuesday after allegedly being shot with a pistol in the abdomen by his wife, authorities said. The couple is shown above in a Facebook photo.

Mary Todd, 76, of Beech Island, has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Here’s the motive: Mrs. Todd told deputies that her husband had “accused her of cheating,” according to a sheriff’s report.

“He would not stop,” Mary Todd told deputies.

Mrs. Todd confessed to shooting her husband around 4 a.m. Tuesday and admitted that “she had way too much alcohol,” a report says.

An autopsy is scheduled in Newberry later today.


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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.


  1. When my Daddy got dementia at age 78……he accused my mother of all kinds of terrible things……..we all knew it was the dementia…..thank goodness my mother never drank much…..I think the alcohol contributed to this more than her being accused.

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