Gentry O’Neil Chapman Charged in Murder of Wife & Teen Stepson

gentry-oneill-chapman-murder-fountain-innJust after 4 a.m. Sunday, Gentry O’Neil Chapman called 911 to report that he had shot his wife and stepson to death at their Fountain Inn home.  Laurens County investigators identified the victims as Amanda Chapman, 31,  and her 17-year-old son Ashton Arnold.  The boy was a varsity basketball player in his senior year at Hillcrest High School.  Sunday was his 17th birthday.

After Amanda Chapman and Ashton Arnold suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head, Gentry Chapman reportedly fired several additional shots outside the home before turning himself in to authorities.  Fox Carolina reports:

Gentry O’Neal Chapman, 32, of Fountain Inn, told dispatchers he was in his vehicle and leaving his home and was headed to the Fountain Inn Police Department to turn himself in, which he did, police said. He had two other children, ages 8 and 12, that he took with him to the Fountain Inn Police Department, but they were not harmed, police said.

The 8- and 12-year-old were identified as Gentry Chapman’s stepchildren, according to GoLaurens.com. Both children were at the home during the shooting.  They are now in protective custody with the Department of Social Services.

Gentry Chapman attempted to explain the double homicide to authorities as an act of self-defense, Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain told WYFF4. “But I think as the story goes on, we’re finding that there was probably some sort of argument with his wife, which led to him shooting her,” Chastain explained.  News Channel 7 has more on the self-defense angle:

Chastain said that Chapman claims that the shooting was in self defense and had been abused by the two victims. However, Chastain says that evidence at the scene did not substaniate the self defense claim.

“The bodies were found in different parts of the house,“ Chastain said. “It appears there may have been some type of argument that turned violent.“

Chastain said there is no history of domestic violence at the home and neighbors remained in shock over the loss of two close friends.

The crime scene at 5553 Allen Bridge Road in Fountain Inn is being processed by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the  South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.  A shotgun that may have been used in the killings has been recovered at the residence.

Gentry Chapman faces two counts of murder.  He is being held at the Laurens County Detention Center as he awaits a Monday afternoon bond hearing.

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7 Responses to “Gentry O’Neil Chapman Charged in Murder of Wife & Teen Stepson”

  1. anonymous on December 1st, 2009 1:35 am

    I know the Chapman family and they all seem to have mental issues. The sister Melanie does some crazy things to guys that she has dated. She bust out windows in their cars, burns their houses if something is not done about her she will kill someone next. She even brags that she has been diagnosed with a mental disorder so whatever she does she will “get off”. I just wish this young lady would’ve known what she was getting herself and her children into. I will pray for the family.

  2. amazed on December 1st, 2009 10:12 pm

    So sad…..what could these people have done to deserve this? There is no justifying what was done in that house!
    I hope the smaller kids did not witness this. God bless the souls of Ashton and Amanda may they rest in peace. Self defense my ass!

  3. hillcrest student on January 5th, 2010 11:14 am

    i went to school with ashton. i have been to his house a few times. his mother was excellent. she always helped me out. ashton was one of my best guy friends. he stood up for me when i was being physically attacked by guys my freshman year. he was anything but harm to some one. while his step father may claim it was self deffense just as quiton or marquez or marques about how he was violent. because i know ashton, amanda, and gentry personally. there is no way it was self deffense.

  4. hillcrst student on September 8th, 2010 6:53 pm

    i miss my ashton pooh !! i knew ashton personally and amanda too !! they were the most amazing people in this world !!

  5. Decorey on March 21st, 2013 9:36 am

    I knew Ashton two since middle school i remember him laughing in joken with me back when we played football at Hillcrest but i quit in played rec ball in he laughed. he was a real good person. i also remember him daten a girl in middle school in i use to work up to them when they was together in bother them he would laugh in say decorey you cant have her lol in i would say i would take you to the best restraunt ever he said lol what i said mcdonalds he laughed his ass off RIP Man

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  7. Charlene Barrett Juarez on February 22nd, 2016 9:34 am

    Amanda I am so sorry to hear of your passing along with your son!! I CANT BELIEVE This happen to you.. I just found out about your passing today!! We used to have so much fun in School,Amanda I pray you and your Son Rest In Paradise🌴

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