Martha Childress is going home

cwinston@thestate.comDecember 18, 2013 

Childress

Martha Childress, the University of South Carolina freshman paralyzed by an errant bullet in October while waiting for a taxi in Five Points, is going home.

Jane Sanders, a spokeswoman with the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, said Wednesday night that she had left the rehabilitation center where she has been since shortly after the October shooting.

Childress said last week that she planned to be at her Simpsonville home by Christmas. Doctors at the center said they were pleased with her progress.

At Shepherd, Childress learned to live in a wheelchair. The bullet hit her spinal cord and doctors have told the family that she will never be able to walk.

Meanwhile, the man accused of shooting her will be in federal court Thursday, where Michael Juan Smith faces up to 10 years in prison.

He also faces charges in state court including assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

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