A concerned relative of Peggy Lail, 45, contacted police and asked them to go to her home. Reportedly Peggy Lail was married to Timothy Lail, 48. However the couple was estranged and living in two different states. Allegedly Timothy Lail was upset that Peggy Lail had begun a new relationship.
Police arrived at the mobile home about 10 am. They were unable to get a response from anyone inside the home so they forced their way in, and found Timothy Lail and Peggy Lail inside, both dead from gunshot wounds to the head.
Reportedly Timothy Lail had purchased a gun out of state and drove to the home of Peggy Lail. Police say that Timothy Lail shot Peggy Lail, before shooting himself.
While police were doing the investigation on the Lail murder/suicide, and while media was still getting the information out, police got another call.
A concerned neighbor contacted police and requested a welfare check of a couple who had not been seen for two days. When police arrived about 10:45 pm, they found cars in the driveway, lights and a television on inside the home. Police found the couple dead in a bedroom. There was no indication of anyone else being involved and it is believed the man shot his wife, then shot himself. The couple have not been named pending notification of relatives.
The two murder-suicides are not thought to be related.
The sheriff had this to say “Violence in the home is a very real social problem everywhere in the country,” “It’s tragic, and it touches us all in some way.”
I am separating this article out, as it contains some information about domestic violence in South Carolina.
Nationwide, domestic violence is the leading cause of injuries to women ages 15-44. It is more common than auto accidents, muggings, and cancer combined. Nationwide, more than 3 women are killed by their husbands or boyfriends each day.
South Carolina ranks 6 th in the nation in women killed by intimate partners. Within the last month there have been 2 other domestic violence related deaths (one was the Rainey family). Many more details about domestic violence in the article.
The director of the domestic violence shelter has this message “I believe women are safer in shelters,” adding that safety “is something we focus on on a day-to-day basis.” “If we could just get the message out that, even if you choose to live with someone (such as a friend or family member), we would like for you to make contact with us.”
SC Attorney General says “There are women alive today who will not be alive this time next year because of the scourge of domestic violence.”