(Anderson, SC). Billy Ray Smith was found guilty today by an Anderson County jury of the attempted murder of his wife, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, obstruction of justice and unlawful possession of a weapon. The Honorable R. Scott Sprouse sentenced Smith to 20 years for attempted murder and 5 years on each of the other charges to be served concurrently.

 

On April 22, 2014, EMS and law enforcement were called to South Hamilton Street in Williamston in response to a call regarding a shooting. The victim was immediately transported to Greenville Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. The husband of the victim, Billy Ray Smith originally told officers that someone had shot through the door, hitting his wife in the head.  The gun was later found at the home of the defendant’s son. The defendant later admitted to shooting his wife. Statements and evidence taken at the scene led to the arrest of Billy Ray Smith for the attempted murder of his wife. Although Ms. Smith’s injuries were critical and she remained in ICU for several weeks, she was later released from the hospital. 

 

“Although domestic violence is often accompanied by alcohol or drug use, it is not an excuse nor a defense.” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Ms. Smith will continue to live with the physical and emotional scars as a result of the actions of this defendant. Hopefully with the support of her family and organizations who help those who have been through similar situations, she will be able to heal emotionally.”