Crime & Courts Richmond Co. | Columbia Co. | Aiken Co. |

Wife of slain Wilkes County man commits suicide outside Georgia Bureau of Investigation office

  • Follow Crime & courts

The wife of a slain Washington, Ga., man killed herself outside the Georgia Bureau of Investigation office in Columbus on Thursday.

Brenda Dent shot herself to death in a car parked across the street from the GBI office  just before she was to take a polygraph test, Wilkes County Sheriff Mark A. Moore said.

Her body was found at about 1 p.m., shortly after a male friend told investigators that Brenda Dent had confessed to him that she killed Fermer Corman “Butch” Dent in their home in Washington, according to Moore.

Dent was a physician assistant at Athens Orthopedic Clinic.

Brenda Dent was the person who reported she found her husband dead from a gunshot wound on Sunday evening.

The murder probe — the first in Wilkes County in more than a decade — led investigators to Thomaston, where Brenda Dent’s male friend lives, Moore said.

The unidentified man and Brenda Dent were both scheduled to give statements and take polygraph tests at the GBI’s Columbus office Thursday afternoon, the sheriff said.

Moore called the man a “possible boyfriend” of Brenda Dent’s, but that hadn’t been confirmed, he said.

“The male friend showed up and told officers that Mrs. Dent made admissions about her involvement in her husband’s death,” Moore said.

“Shortly afterward, she was found in her vehicle across the street from the GBI’s office where she had shot herself with a handgun,” he said.

The Muscogee County coroner confirmed Brenda Dent died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Moore.

Despite Brenda Dent’s purported confession, investigators continued to gather evidence to determine exactly what happened in both the murder and suicide.

“I’m glad we’re getting close to an end with this investigation,” Moore said. “This community needs a closure to this.”

Anyone with information that could help should call the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 678-5515.

Dent was a native of Thomson, lived in Washington for many years and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, according to his obituary.

He was a surgical physician assistant with Athens Orthopedic Clinic for the past 23 years.

Comments (6) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
CobaltGeorge 05/31/12 - 10:17 pm
I'm getting too old for

I'm getting too old for today's sentance structure. Had to read the first sentence 6 time to make out what was what.

itsanotherday1 06/01/12 - 12:34 am
I hear ya George. These

I hear ya George. These journalists for the AC write way above my education sometimes...

Aroundtown 06/01/12 - 10:06 am
If we are going to correct, at least we should get it right...

* I had to read...
* 6 times...

Everybody makes errors, no worries. But I agree, placing the word "man" right before, "killed herself" was confusing for a second or so.

JohnBrownAug 06/01/12 - 02:03 pm
It's an unusual case with

It's an unusual case with upscale people that will get lots of publicity.

Sweet son
Sweet son 06/01/12 - 06:07 pm
You Would Think!

You would thing that the journalists who write this stuff would go to their articles and see what the public is saying. I too was having problems with understanding the first line. I guess we are too old and don't count. All of your comments were civil and the journalists should think enough of their readers to correct or simplify articles for us. Hope you all have a great evening and keep on commenting!!!!!

jdreamer 06/08/12 - 07:41 pm
The grammar of the article seems correct to me...

First of all, this is a tragic story and you want to pick on what you think is incorrect sentence structure? What exactly is the confusing part of the first line? Sounds pretty plain to me. "The wife of a slain man killed herself". Does it just throw you because they add the location in the middle of the sentence? The subject of the sentence is 'the wife'. The predicate is 'killed herself', noun - wife, verb - killed. The prespositional phrase within the sentence is "of a slain Washington, GA man". I've read a lot of articles that are well written except for the grammatical errors but this looks correct to me. Does anyone see it the way I do?

Back to Top
Search Augusta jobs