Myrtle Beach woman on trial in ex-boyfriend’s shooting death

troot@thesunnews.comMay 5, 2014 

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— The trial of a Myrtle Beach woman charged in the shooting death of her ex-boyfriend in 2012 outside the home of his new girlfriend began Monday.

Vivian Lynn Schrader-Falls, 54, of Myrtle Beach is charged with murder in the March 31, 2012, shooting death of 46-year-old Tony Marvin Hughes. Schrader-Falls, her family and family members of Hughes appeared in court Monday before Circuit Court Judge Steven John for the start of the trial.

A jury of nine women and five men, including two alternates, were selected to preside over the case. John also ruled that Schrader-Falls could remain free on bail during the proceedings. During jury selection, jurors were asked about battered woman syndrome and were told Schrader-Falls may be using it as a defense in the case.

Testimony is expected to resume Tuesday morning.

An Horry County police report showed that Schrader-Falls was arrested by Horry County police after they were called for a shooting at 8:35 a.m. March 31, 2012 in the 200 block of Bay Forge Road, which is off Clay Pond Road and Burcale Road near Myrtle Beach.

An officer found Schrader-Falls sitting in a vehicle that was parked at the end of a driveway; she had a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun in the seat with her, according to the report. The officer took her into custody and then found Hughes face down beside a vehicle parked in the driveway closer to the house.

EMS arrived at the scene and took Hughes to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 9:05 a.m. March 31, 2012, Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler said at the time of the shooting. An autopsy showed that Hughes was shot multiple times in the upper torso and the wounds damaged vital organs.

The report showed that a 48-year-old woman lived in the home and she called police to report her boyfriend had been shot. The woman told officers that Schrader-Falls came to the house, knocked on the door and asked if Hughes was there.

The woman said she told Schrader-Falls that Hughes was not at the house and shut the door, according to the report. The woman said Hughes told her that “it looks like ‘Vivian, my ex-girlfriend that she was ok and I’ll go talk to her.’”

The woman said Hughes went outside and a few moments later she heard two gunshots, according to the report. The woman told police she looked out the window and saw Schrader-Falls standing over Hughes and she shot him again before she went and sat in her vehicle.

A neighbor told police he was sleeping when he heard the sound of four gunshots and saw Schrader-Falls standing over Hughes with a gun, according to the report. The neighbor said he heard Schrader-Falls say: “I’m not going to jail.”

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