SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Sumter County deputies have charged the son of an elderly woman who was beaten to death with a bat.
59-year-old Alexander Wilson has been charged with murder in the death of his 82-year-old mother, Elizabeth Wilson. Deputies say the son lived at home with his mother, and has a history of mental illness.
Wilson's head was covered in bandages and his eyes were swollen as he made his first court appearance on Tuesday. Investigators say Wilson had head injuries when they arrived at his home in Mayesville Monday night, and found him wearing blood-spattered scrubs and holding a baseball bat.
Crews responded around 8:45pm Monday after deputies say Wilson's brothers, Jerome and Terry, found their mother on the floor. According to the neighbor Sarah Wheeler, one of Wilson's sons ran to her house for help.
"I know something had happened. He said his brother had gone crazy and hurt momma and I called," Wheeler said. "Before I could get out the door, he said my momma dead. But I never went further than the front yard. I didn't want to see her."
Investigators have not determined what led to the fatal beating, but they are indicating Wilson has a rap sheet of at least two dozen arrests, ranging from traffic offenses to drug distribution, shoplifting and burglary.
"At this point we have no idea," said Sumter County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Lane. "We're unsure exactly what happened, if there was an altercation or what between the mother and the son. We're unsure at this time."
It is also not clear how the suspect suffered his injuries.
"All I know is that she was a very loving and caring person," said Lane. "That was according to the neighbors that lived across the street. And she was just a great person.
At one point during Tuesday's appearance, the suspect seemed to be talking about Monday night's incident. "That was not my mother," said Wilson. "That was an impersonator of my mother. And my mother has black hair."