Mom of Rock Hill man accused of beating wife with hammer: 'He snapped'

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJune 25, 2014 

As his wife slept, a Rock Hill man allegedly beat her in the head with a hammer Wednesday, police say, because he suspected she was unfaithful.

Police at about 1:35 a.m. were sent to Oak Hollow apartments on South York Avenue after Clintonya Watson-Gordon, 40, reported that her husband, Stanley Andre Gordon, assaulted her with a hammer, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

The woman was bleeding from her head, officers said, and she said she was unsure why her husband attacked her. She told police she awoke to the man hitting her with the hammer.

Paramedics took Watson-Gordon to Piedmont Medical Center, where doctors used 58 staples to close her wounds, according to police. Officers found a gun on her bed and later found Gordon, 43, at another apartment.

Gordon appeared before Rock Hill Municipal Court Judge Dolores Williams via a jail camera for a Wednesday afternoon bond hearing, listening as the judge recited details from arrest warrants accusing Gordon of “repeatedly” hitting his wife in the head and ignoring her pleas that he call for medical help.

After “attempting to kill her,” the warrants state, Gordon stood in front of the bedroom door with the hammer and a pistol in his hand. When Watson-Gordon tried reaching for her car keys, he snatched them away.

Gordon led police to the hammer, which he had tossed outside the apartment, and the gun, which he had hid in bushes, the report states.

He told officers he thought his wife might have been cheating on him and admitted to assaulting her with the hammer while she slept, police said.

Gordon was arrested and charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

Williams denied setting his bond and told him he would have to hire a private attorney because both he and his wife worked.

Avanette Lee, a Rock Hill Police victim’s advocate, told Williams that Watson-Gordon also suffers from a broken arm that will require surgery. She told authorities Watson-Gordon is “terrified” of her husband.

Watson-Gordon was released from the hospital Wednesdsay.

Williams signed a court order forbidding Gordon from contacting or going near his wife should a Circuit Court judge grant him bond in the coming months.

“He’s been under a lot of stress with his family,” said Gordon’s mother, Joann Gordon, who attended the bond hearing alongside Gordon’s daughter. “He’s not a violent person. He’s humble.”

She could not speculate why her son would allegedly assault his wife of the past three years or so.

“He snapped,” she said, “He just snapped.”

Jonathan McFadden •  803-329-4082

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