Sumter County Sheriff’s officials said Tuesday morning that the fight that erupted between two families along Highway 15 in Sumter stemmed from an incident involving a juvenile love dispute over a year ago.
Braden Bunch, a sheriff’s office spokesman, said 20-year-old Joseph Henderson Jr., will appear in court on Friday for a third-degree assault and battery charge stemming from an incident that occurred in September 2013, which fueled the fight between members of the Gainey and Henderson families on Jan. 4.
Bunch said Henderson, who was 19 at the time, was accused of going to the Gainey household – located on the 400 block of Catie Street in Sumter – to meet with several juveniles at the residence to fight over a love interest.
Henderson was charged with assault and battery in connection with the incident, Bunch said. He was recently charged with attempted murder in Jan. 4 incident in which he allegedly ran over Donnie Gainey with his truck as he, his brother and his father, 43-year-old Joseph Lloyd Henderson Sr., attempted to flee the scene.
Bunch said Gainey was transported to an Augusta-area hospital in serious condition. But, after undergoing several surgeries investigators on the case said he has since been released from the hospital in good condition.
Joseph Lloyd Henderson Sr. was granted a $525 surety bond for a third-degree assault and battery charge in connection with the incident, but his son was denied bond by a Magistrate Court judge on Jan. 6. Henderson Jr. will appear in court on a later date to face the attempted murder charge.
According to court records, Crystal Gainey, 38, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, third-degree assault and battery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime was granted a $8,000 bond and released. Gainey turned herself in to authorities on Jan. 9 after being notified of the charges filed against her, and she was granted bond the following day.
Gainey’s 65-year-old father, Charles Ridgill, turned himself in to authorities on Jan. 6 after he was charged with three counts of first-degree assault and battery and pointing and presenting a firearm at a person in his connection with the incident. According to court records, Ridgill was granted a $55,000 bond.
Both Gainey and Ridgill were court ordered to wear a GPS tracking device as a condition of their bonds, and they may not have contact with the Henderson family, Bunch said.
The incident occurred around 5:15 p.m. on Jan. 4 after Joshua Henderson and his brother Joseph Henderson Jr. were returning from a grocery store in the 1700 block of Highway 15 South in Sumter County, an incident report filed with the sheriff’s office said.
Once inside their truck, the Henderson brothers saw Gainey, her daughter, Layken and Ridgill were behind them in a parked car, the report said. The brothers also told officers they saw Christopher Bell, a friend of the Gaineys, running back to his vehicle.
Gainey then allegedly got out of her vehicle and tried to spray the Henderson brothers with mace, the incident report said. Joseph Henderson Jr., who was in the driver’s seat, attempted to flee the parking lot while Gainey allegedly tried to follow them on foot before her daughter picked her up and started to follow the Hendersons’ vehicle, the report said.
The Hendersons then contacted law enforcement and their father, Joseph Lloyd Henderson Sr., and alerted them of the situation and to meet them at a convenience store a few blocks away, according to the report.
When the brothers arrived at the convenience store, the report said, Gainey parked behind them again.
That was when Joseph Henderson Sr. arrived and confronted Gainey about following his children and said, “It’s been over a year and half ago, let it go,” the report said.
Gainey then sprayed the elder Henderson with mace, the report said, and he punched her in the face.
Then Gainey’s husband Donnie, who arrived at the scene, tried to assault the elder Henderson with a PVC pipe for hitting his wife, the report said.
As the two men struggled, Crystal Gainey approached Joseph Henderson Jr. while he was in his truck and allegedly began firing a gun in his direction, the report said.
After Joseph Henderson Sr. pushed Donnie Gainey to the ground, the Henderson men tried to flee in their truck as Crystal Gainey continued to fire shots at them, the report said.
As the Henderson brothers ran away, the vehicle driven by Joseph Henderson Jr. struck and ran over Donnie Gainey and dragged him 30 yards, the report said. Once they realized they had struck him, the brothers left their vehicle and fled on foot down Highway 15, the report said.
According to the report, Ridgill, the Henderson brothers and Bell, a friend of the Gaineys, arrived at Lakewood Baptist Church at Nazarene Church Road and Highway 15 South. Bell began running toward the Hendersons with a metal pipe, the report said, but was detained by sheriff’s deputies and taken into custody.