Couple charged with causing death of 79-year-old relative

A Saluda, S.C., couple has been charged with abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in the death of the man’s 79-year-old father, according to a news release from the State Law Enforcement Division in Columbia.

Donald Ralph Chewning, 51, and his wife, Kathy Laune Chewning, 48, are accused of beating James Boyd Chewning, tying him down to a bed with zip ties and rags and covering his mouth and eyes with duct tape.

James Chewning lived with the couple. No bond had been set Sunday.

 

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