A South Carolina state representative who once proudly defended the Confederate flag has been arrested and accused of assaulting his wife and pointing a gun at her.
Rep. Chris Corley (R) was arrested on Tuesday morning and charged with first-degree domestic violence and pointing and presenting firearms at a person.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to Corley’s home on Monday night where his wife told them that he hit her in the face with his fist and told her that he would kill her while her two children were in the home. She told police that Corley was “caught cheating.”
She said he assaulted her until her children began screaming and he noticed blood coming from his head. Corley then allegedly went to his car, got a gun, and pointed it at his wife. She and his children escaped to a neighbor’s house while he went into the bedroom.
The Aiken Standard reports: “Warrants state Corley, in the presence of an 8-year-old child, did ’cause physical harm and injury’ to the victim, by ‘striking her about the head and face with a closed fist and further did, after threatening to kill the victim, point a Smith & Wesson … handgun at the victim causing her to fear for her life.'”
The judge in the case has set a $20,000 bond.
In 2015, Corley sent out a Christmas card featuring the Confederate flag to fellow Republican members of the South Carolina state house with a message telling them to “ask for forgiveness of all your sins such as betrayal.” The betrayal in question was the decision of the state government to remove the pro-slavery flag in the wake of the racist murder of nine black parishoners at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.