Man Dies After Being Duct-Taped, Beaten By Son, Daughter-in-Law: Agents

A Saluda couple is accused of killing an elderly relative. SLED says the couple used zip ties, duct tape and rags to tie up 79-year old man.

Saluda County, SC (WLTX) - A Saluda County husband and wife are being accused of  beating and neglecting the man's father until the victim died. 

Donald Ralph Chewning, 51, and Kathy Laine Chewning, 48, are both charged with abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in death. 

According to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents, the victim, 79-year-old James Boyd Chewning, lived with the couple. Investigators say between Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the couple battered and restrained the father to a bed using zip ties and rags. They're also accused of using duct tape to cover James Chewning's mouth and eyes. 

Officers say they found physical evidence at the scene of the crime to back up their claims. 

The charge against them is a felony, and if convicted, they could spend up to 30 years in prison. 

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