A Jasper County woman was found dead in her backyard Tuesday after her boyfriend confessed to killing her with an ax. The details are gruesome.
At about 3:00 a.m., the man rode his bike into the businesses area of Point South and told two Jasper County deputies he had done something many would find unthinkable.
“He told them he thought he had just killed his wife,” said Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls III.
56-year-old William Outler Jr. pointed the deputies to his home off Heyward Road.
“They went to the scene and sure enough, found his wife there, she had been killed with an ax,” Sauls said.
Chantis Greene, 39, was lying dead in the yard with an injury to her head.
“We determined that she had been hit three times, one time with the side of the ax, and then twice with the sharp end of the ax,” said Sauls.
Jasper County Sheriff Chris Malphrus says the incident was a result of domestic violence.
For more than two decades, South Carolina has ranked in the top 10 states for the number of women killed by men.
For the past six years, it’s been in the top five.
“I’ve been coroner for pushing 40 years, so I’ve seen a lot of traumatic deaths,” Sauls said. “But I can tell you, it never fails to kind of make me sick, because it’s just so unnecessary, so unbelievable, that somebody could have that kind of emotion in them, to take a life, period. But to take a life in that matter, it’s just kind of unbelievable.”
Outler was arrested and charged with murder. He is currently in the Jasper County Detention Center without bond.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse in the Lowcountry, you can call the Hopeful Horizons 24-hour hotline at 1-800-868-2632.
If you are in another area, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or click here to chat.
More crisis hotline information is also available here.