Goose Creek woman charged with murder in death of her husband Thursday

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) Goose Creek Police arrested a{}woman Thursday night after they say she shot and killed her husband at their home on Annette Drive.

Cheryl Williams, 55, appeared in Goose Creek Municipal Court for a bond hearing at 2 p.m. Friday. Police said she killed her{}85-year-old husband, Loyde Williams.

Police said they responded to their house in the Boulder Bluff subdivision in Goose Creek about 9:40 p.m. Thursday after a 9-1-1 caller reported that a man there shot himself.

According to a police report, officers heard what they believed was a gun shot inside the home when they arrived.

Cheryl Williams came onto the front porch of the home shortly after{}and was taken to a neighbor's home for safety.

Once inside, officers said they found Loyde Williams lying on a bedroom floor, bleeding from a wound in his chest. Police say they found a pistol was lying on the bed in the room.

The Berkeley County Coroner's Office was called to the home, and pronounced Mr. Williams dead a short time later.

Through their initial investigators, police said{}they began to suspected that Mr. Williams' gunshot wound was not self-inflicted, but that Mrs. Williams had instead shot the man, leading to her being arrested on the murder charge.In court, the victim's daughter spoke through tears.{}"My dad was a wonderful man. A father of three daughters and many grandchildren who loved him dearly. I don't know why she did this to my dad," she said.She said her father did everything for his wife, who was 30 years younger.

"He made sure she had surgery to help her feel better, all the medical visits she needed to take care of her. He took her to gun training to help her protect herself because he was always so worried for her safety and his safety. And she murdered him. That was the thanks that she showed him," the victim's daughter said.After hearing from her stepdaughter, Cheryl Williams offered a brief apology and an explanation of her health issues. She also said she'd been suicidal."I'm so sorry to everyone I hurt," she said.{}"I have anxiety attacks, very high blood pressure and I have a bad back.{}I get claustrophobic...{}I also have an infection on my leg that's been bleeding all day and I'm afraid if it's not treated I'll get blood poisoning."Cheryl Williams also told the judge she was worried about her cats getting fed while she wasn't home."To think I'm not going to see my cats again, I don't know what I'm going to do," she said.

Police said they had{}no record{}of domestic disturbances at the Williams' home{}and neither had{}a history of domestic violence.

Mrs. Williams was taken to Trident Medical Center for medical evaluation after her arrest, and is now being held at the Berkeley County Detention Center.

A bond court judge did not issue bond for the murder charge.

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