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Solicitor: No charges filed in Dacusville shooting death

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The scene of the shooting on March 25. (File: FOX Carolina) The scene of the shooting on March 25. (File: FOX Carolina)
PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Pickens County Solicitor Walt Wilkins said no charges will be filed against the wife who shot her husband during a domestic altercation in Dacusville in March.

Deputies said Travis Whitman was shot to death at his Franklin Finley Road home on March 25 after a domestic fight between family members, according to Chief Deputy Creed Hashe.

According to Hashe, Brandi Payne and Katherine Henderson were at the home to retrieve clothing when an altercation occurred.

Whitman then left the home and the women, out of fear, attempted to hide two rifles that were in the house from him, Hashe said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Hashe said Whitman returned to the home, and another altercation occurred where Whitman began striking at his wife, Henderson, with a fixed blade knife.

Whitman saw one of the rifles, lunged at it and was attempting to manipulate the bolt when Henderson fired a single round from the second gun, striking him in the chest, Hashe said. 

Whitman then fell to the hallway floor, and Henderson went to his aid, but he died shortly after.

Payne, who had been hiding in the bedroom of the house during the incident, continued to do so until deputies arrived, Hashe said.

The solicitor said Henderson was defending herself and had a "reasonable fear."

Pickens County Solicitor Walt Wilkins said Whitman had pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge on the morning of March 25 and had methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death.

Hashe said deputies had been called to the couple's house more than 22 times since August.

It was Whitman's second offense for domestic violence, according to Wilkins.

Wilkins said Whitman also had felony convictions that prevented him from lawfully owning the guns.

Hashe said investigators collected information from the women independently about the incident.

He said they had no time to synchronize their story, and evidence supported the statements they gave.

Katherine Henderson spoke to FOX Carolina and said that she never wanted anything like this to happen. She said in hindsight, she would have done more to seek counseling or change their situation so it didn't get this far. 

She said she loved her husband dearly, and she does not think he deserved to die. She wishes her situation on no one.

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