Memorial service held for Lexington Co. woman stabbed to death

(Lexington) Nov. 15, 2003 - On Saturday, a Lexington County family mourned the death of a young wife and mother, who was stabbed to death Wednesday.

A memorial service was held for Debra Clayton, 33, at Calvary Chapel in Lexington on Saturday.

Investigators have charged one of her adopted children with the crime. Clayton had eight children. Three of the children, including the 14-year-old suspected of killing her, were adopted from Guatemala.

The Lexington County coroner says the autopsy shows Clayton bled to death from multiple stab wounds. He ruled the death a homicide. There were no signs of a break-in and no indications anything was missing from the house on Bridleridge Road not far from Platt Springs Road

Detectives think the boy killed his mother because he was upset about being grounded. Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says the teen had refused to go to work in the family painting business. The boy's name is being withheld because of his age.

The boy's mother reportedly told him he couldn't play video games as his punishment, "Not to be able to look at video and play the video games, et cetera, and we believe that he got very upset about that and had a confrontation with the mother, took his fishing filet knife and stabbed her multiple times."

The sheriff says the knife used to kill Clayton was found under the boy's bed. Metts says he will recommend that the boy be tried as an adult, "Teenage killers like this boy should not be allowed to get away with murder and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law."

Posted 6:10pm by Eva Pilgrim