A suicidal South Carolina man was condemned to life in prison for murdering his disabled wife and their young granddaughter. He stated he killed the two of them because he wanted to spare both of them the agony of having to live without him, stated prosecutors. Ronald Gregory, age 68, shot his bedridden wife, Barbara Gregory, age 71, and his granddaughter Mia Rodgers, age 10, on March 21 of this year.
Gregory reportedly told South Carolina detectives that the granddaughter lived for nearly an hour after she had been shot. However instead of calling for emergency aid, Gregory instead let Mia bleed to death, prosecutor Kevin Brackett told the court.
Brackett narrated some of the young girl’s last words as individuals inside in the South Carolina courtroom reportedly wept on Monday. He was quoted as saying, “When am I going to stop hurting?” That was allegedly her departing words.
After Mia passed away, Gregory was reported as going to the bank and withdrawing out tens of thousands of dollars. He then rang up nine-one-one, told the dispatcher to send police to his home and proceeded to shoot himself twice in the chest but he ended up surviving his wounds.
He ended up pleading guilty but mentally ill to two different counts of murder. He was given a sentence of life without parole. However with the plea that means he will receive extra mental health counseling while he is serving his sentence. Gregory acted as his own attorney throughout the case. He spoke very little in court and refused to give an apology.
Prosecuting attorney Brackett stated that in over 20 years of indicting individuals, this case was completely ghastly. Just the idea of what that child had to go through is completely unimaginable.
Gregory and his wife had been in a custody battle over the granddaughter with her other grandparents after the girl’s mother had passed away in 2013. Then just before she was killed, Gregory had taken Mia on a doctor’s visit because he was afraid she had underwent some sort of brain damage because she had breathed in fumes when she got some fake fingernails to put on her hands, stated Brackett
The child’s paternal grandfather, Paul Rodgers, declared that the family is planning on bringing a lawsuit of wrongful death against Gregory for not telling the truth during the custody battle. Rodgers stated that Gregory allegedly called him the morning before the murder when he was taking her for the doctor visit and said she was fine. Rodgers added that if Gregory did not want the granddaughter to be in pain, then how come he shot her?
The suicidal Gregory has been condemned to life in a South Carolina prison for murdering his disabled wife and their young granddaughter. He stated he killed the two of them because he wanted to spare both of them the agony of having to live without him, stated prosecutors. Gregory shot his bedridden wife Barbara and his granddaughter Mia on March 21 of this year.
By Kimberly Ruble