Judge dismisses domestic violence charges against DNR colonel

Frampton's booking photo from November. (Source: CCDC)
Frampton's booking photo from November. (Source: CCDC)

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A criminal domestic violence case involving a South Carolina Department of Natural Resources colonel was dismissed Monday, according to the defendant's lawyer.

Colonel Alexander Chisolm Frampton's attorney, David Michel, said Monday the charges filed against his client had been dismissed. 

A court hearing in the case was held before James Island Magistrate Marshall Rawl.  Michel did not say why the judge chose to dismiss the charges.

Colonel Alexander Chisolm Frampton was arrested last mid-November after Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to his home on Royal Oak Drive on Johns Island.

According to an incident report, Frampton's wife told deputies Frampton had gone "into a rage" over her spending habits.

She said Frampton smashed a "Good Samaritan Box" she was preparing to needy children. She also said he took a broom, broke the handle over his knee, and told her he wanted to beat her.

The victim said Frampton then followed her around the residence, "yelling and swearing at her in front of their son."

Finally, the victim said Frampton trapped her in the bathroom, kicked her in the rear, knocking her to the floor of a closet. At that point, she ran to a neighbor's home and called 911.

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