911 call released in fatal Myrtle Beach shooting

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 30, 2013 

Teresa Ann McCracken

— A Myrtle Beach area woman accused in the shooting death of her husband was charged in May in a domestic assault involving the couple, according to authorities.

The 911 call made by Teresa Ann McCracken’s sister to alert authorities about the death of McCracken’s 59-year-old husband, Steven Douglass Hall, also was released Tuesday.

Horry County police arrested the 48-year-old woman on Monday and charged her with murder in Hall’s July 18 death. She is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

McCracken has a previous criminal domestic violence arrest from the May incident, but no other prior criminal record, according to a check with State Law Enforcement Division.

Officers were called at 7:40 p.m. July 18 to a home at 3962 Williamson Circle, which is located off Clay Pond Road along Burcale Road in the Myrtle Beach area for a shooting, police said. When officers arrived they found Steven Hall dead inside the home.

In the 911 call, the woman, who identified herself to emergency dispatchers as McCracken’s sister, told authorities that “My sister’s husband has been shot.”

The dispatcher asked: “Where are the people that did it?” The woman replied, “I don’t know. We just got home and he’s just in the room.”

In the recording the woman could be heard crying uncontrollably at times and the dispatcher asked her to calm down to get information about the incident from her. The woman told the dispatcher she didn’t see a gun near Hall and that he was not breathing or moving.

The woman said she did not see a wound to Hall’s body, but did see a lot of blood.

“There’s just blood everywhere. I don’t know where he’s been hit,” the woman said in the 911 call. “Hurry, please get somebody over here. He’s not moving at all.”

The dispatcher asked the woman about Hall’s condition and she asked her sister, McCracken.

“Is he cold, Teresa? Yes, he’s cold,” the woman said in the recording. “He’s not moving at all.”

In the previous domestic violence incident, McCracken called police at 9 p.m. May 16 to the home the couple shared. Hall was listed as the victim in the report and officers charged McCracken with criminal domestic violence.

She was released from J. Reuben Long Detention Center three days after the incident on $500 bail, according to jail records. The charges are pending.

In the report, Hall told police that McCracken had been drinking all day and started an argument with him. Hall said he went into the bedroom to get away from her, but she followed and argued about wanting to leave and she said she was taking their dog.

Hall said McCracken threw a set of keys at him and then punched him in the face, according to the report. Hall said he pushed her against the wall and told her to calm down and she went outside and called police.

Hall had a red mark on the left side of his face.

McCracken, who was in the driveway when police arrived, refused to tell the officer what happened, but said “everything happened,” according to the report. The officer noted she was intoxicated and when asked later McCracken said she hit him after he called her an expletive name.

McCracken also told police she was no longer married to Hall, but he said they remained married, according to the report. McCracken then said she punched Hall after he pushed her into the wall.

Police determined McCracken to be the primary aggressor and took her into custody. No other details were listed in the report.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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