Paternal grandfather charged with two counts of murder in wife, child’s death

adys@heraldonline.comMarch 22, 2014 

The York County Sheriff's Office investigates a shooting at 855 Idlewild Drive in Rock Hill.

MYKE CZUMAK — Special to The Herald

— The paternal grandfather accused of killing his wife and granddaughter Friday admitted to responding officers that he had shot himself after committing a shooting and has been charged with two counts of murder, police said.

York County Sheriff’s Office deputies have murder warrants against Ronald Fred Gregory, 67, said Trent Faris, a sheriff’s office spokesman. Gregory allegedly shot Mia Rodgers, 9, and Barbara Gregory, 71, police say. He is in the hospital after suffering two gunshot wounds. The incident report from the sheriff’s office states Gregory told police he had shot himself twice.

Gregory is in custody but has not yet been served with the murder warrants, Faris said.

Kevin Brackett, 16th Circuit Solicitor, said his office will wait for the investigation to be completed before determining a course of prosecution against Gregory. Brackett would not comment on the case; but state law seems clear that a murder of two or more victims or a child under age 10 would potentially make Gregory eligible for prosecutors to seek the death penalty.

Gregory and his wife had been in a custody battle over Mia with members from the maternal side at the time of the killings, court records show.

The incident report states that Ronald Gregory had called 911 and said he needed police or EMS. Police located an open door and found Barbara Gregory in the family room with a gunshot wound to the chest, the report states.

Ronald Gregory was found in Mia’s bedroom where he told officers he had shot himself twice, the report states. An officer was giving Ronald first aid when Mia was noticed under the covers in the bed, according to the report.

“I asked Ron if Mia was all right and he advised me she was dead,” the report states.

The name or names of the person or persons Ronald Gregory allegedly told police he had shot is blacked out on the report.

The officer then checked Mia and she had no pulse.

Police said Friday that Ronald Gregory was taken to Piedmont Medical Center but his condition was unavailable and hospital officials declined to even confirm that he was a patient.

Andrew Dys •  803-329-4065

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