Man accused of beating woman with stick

66-year-old Wyvonie Cathey

June 17, 2011 4:43:22 PM PDT
A Hoke County man is charged with beating his girlfriend's 66-year-old mother with a stick.

Yvonnie Rutherford is still in shock two days after her boyfriend, 48-year-old Dwayne Gillom, nearly beat her mother to death. Rutherford says he became angry at her after she answered the door in her night gown.

"And I couldn't stop him," Rutherford said. "He wouldn't listen. He would stop. He just kept going."

Rutherford says Gillom's anger shifted to her mother, 66-year-old Wyvonie Cathey, when Cathey came to Rutherford's defense. That's when Gillom started to beat Cathey with a stick.

"And just kept beating her all in her head, her arms, her stomach," Rutherford explained. "And my neighbor came over, Melissa, and she was trying to stop him [and] just couldn't get him to quit."

"As quick as he started beating her, he stopped, he grabbed Vonnie's purse, snatched her keys, came out the front door, took her car, ran into the manager's car head-on and left out of the park," neighbor Melissa Hodges continued.

Cathey suffered four gashes to the head, a broken arm, wrist and finger. She is recovering at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with stick bruises all over her body.

Early Friday morning Gillom turned himself in at the Hoke County Sheriff's Office. He is being held without bond for 48 hours for violating a domestic violence order. Following the 48 hours, his bond will be set at $500,000, and he'll make his first court appearance on Monday.

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