Family to murder suspect on suicide attempt: 'It's a coward move'

By Valencia

ADAMS RUN, S.C. (WCIV) - When Claretta Green heard 31-year old Jeffrey Eady attempted to kill himself in jail, her response was one of few, yet strong words.

"It's a punk move," said Green. "Excuse me, it's a coward move."

Eady was scheduled to have a bond court hearing in Clarendon County on separate charges Monday evening. Instead officials had to rush Eady to a nearby hospital after they say Eady slit his wrists in a suicide attempt.

"I don't want him to take the easy route of killing his self," said Christie Moultrie, 37-year old Crystal Johnson's sister. "I want him to know what he's done then be punished for it."

Eady is accused of killing Johnson last Thursday.

Police say Johnson was working at her family convenience store on Savannah Highway when surveillance pictures show Eady stealing lottery tickets before shooting Johnson to death.

Johnson was a mother of three.

"They keep asking me, 'Why? Why they had to kill my momma? My momma give him what he wanted, why he have to kill her?'" said Moultrie. "I don't have an answer for them."

The Johnson family believes Eady had a reason for trying to take his own life.

"I think he is trying to get someone to say that he is crazy so he doesn't have to own up for what he did. I don't have any sympathy for that," said Green.

Still, family members say they are thankful Eady has been caught and hope justice is served.

"Our hearts go out to the families," said Green. "And we rejoice with them for him being caught as well."

As of Monday night, Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett said Eady was still in the hospital. He was not sure when Eady would be released.

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