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Saturday's shooting ruled a suicide

Posted: November 14, 2012 - 1:00am

Saturday’s shooting ruled a suicide

A Martinez woman found dead in her kitchen Nov. 10 died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

An autopsy performed Monday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Augusta established that the death of Krissy Beggs Kitchens, 29, was a suicide, according to Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.

Mrs. Kitchens’ husband, Tracy, called authorities from a neighbor’s home stating his wife shot herself. Deputies found her in the kitchen of their Valdez Drive home with a gunshot wound to the head. Garrison pronounced her dead in the home at 9:45 p.m.

Mr. Kitchens, 35, was intoxicated and became combative with deputies when he wasn’t allowed back inside the home, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report. He began pushing deputies and hitting deputies with his forearms while trying to get past them, the report states.

Deputies arrested Mr. Kitchens and charged him with obstruction of a law enforcement officer. He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center early Sunday after posting a $2,600 bond, according to jailers.

Sheriff’s office personnel were still investigating Mrs. Kitchens’ death on Tuesday, said sheriff’s Maj. Rick Whitaker.

The following account was taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Cell phone’s message hacked

A man called deputies Thursday stating someone hacked his cell phone and changed his outgoing message to one filled with racial slurs and profanity.

The 55-year-old man said he got a call Thursday morning from a Verizon representative, who said there was a disturbing message on his outgoing greeting. The man called his phone and listened to the message. It stated that the man was mad because the president is black and that he didn’t want to talk to any blacks. The message used a profane term to refer to African-Americans and was inflammatory and laced with profanity.

The man went to the Verizon store on Washington Road in Evans to figure out how someone hacked his phone and changed the message. A store employee said it is easy if someone can determine the man’s security code.

Verizon personnel removed the message and reset the man’s security code.

Man stabbed by teenage son

A Martinez man told deputies Saturday night that his son stabbed him during an argument.

The 48-year-old man said he and his 16-year-old son were arguing at about 11 p.m. The man said he threatened to “smack” his son when he cursed. His son grabbed a knife off the kitchen table and stabbed him in the chest.

Deputies found the man lying on his bed clutching his left shoulder. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

His son was arrested and taken to the Regional Youth Detention Center.

Message carved into parked car

A woman told authorities Saturday that someone keyed a message into her car door at a Martinez restaurant.

The 42-year-old woman said she left her Dodge Ram 1500 truck in the parking lot of Golden Corral on Bobby Jones Expressway from noon to 1 p.m. While it was parked, someone carved a message into the right passenger door that read, “this is what u get for parking so close.”

Woman says she was raped by
her husband

A Martinez woman called authorities Monday stating her husband raped her and video recorded the encounter.

The 27-year-old woman said she was looking through her husband’s phone and found videos of them having sex the previous night. She said she wasn’t aware she had sex or that it was filmed.

The woman said she took her prescription medication and went to sleep and has no recollection of the sexual encounter.

The woman’s husband said his wife, dressed in black lingerie, consented. He admitted recording the encounter without her knowledge. The man erased the videos and pictures after he took his phone back from his wife.

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