COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - A judge revoked bond Monday for a Colleton County man accused of violating a restraining order and shooting his ex-girlfriend.
Prosecutors say William Sanders had been charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature in connection with a prior incident, was out on bond and under a restraining order when he shot Channta Kelly, his ex-girlfriend on April 24.
He was charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and possession of a weapon by a felon in connection with the shooting.
Monday’s hearing before a circuit judge was to revoke the bond that had been set on the initial domestic violence charge that was filed two weeks before the shooting.
The judge had strong words for Sanders’ attorneys. One of them claimed that Sanders and Kelly mutually agreed to meet the day she was shot.
The judge said if that was the case, setting bond means nothing because the restraining order was in place.
“Both of you look me in the eye, this was a mutual agreement because there certainly wasn’t an exception in a bond form. For that was a lawyer shutting the bond door after the horse is out. Bond denied," Judge Perry Buckner said.
“It’s a beginning but it was the right decision. The family is still in fear of him because of his propensity for violence," Channta’s uncle Billy Mitchell said.
Two of Channta Kelly’s family members were home when the shooting happened.
Her mom heard the shot.
“We jumped straight up and went to the door and all I could do was look up into the sky further and said God you got to get in control of this, too much for a mom to handle herself. And he did, God immediately stepped in," Johnnie Mae Kelly said after court.
She says Channta’s 11-year-old son saved his mom’s life.
“He held a towel on her back to keep him from bleeding out and he kept her talking the whole time," Johnnie Mae Kelly said.
Deputies say Sanders shot Kelly in the back with a shotgun at her home on Bodison Memorial Drive in Round O. Fourteen days before the shooting, Sanders had been arrested for assaulting Kelly. As a condition for bond, he was ordered to stay away from her.
A magistrate judge previously denied bond on the attempted murder charge. But Monday’s ruling by a curcuit court judge to revoke bond on the earlier charge insures Sanders will remain in jail until his trial.