After a woman was stabbed to death in a Walmart over the weekend, the store has experienced criticism from some for staying open following the fatal attack.
Deputies said they were called to the Walmart on White Horse Road in Berea at 1:21 p.m. about a physical altercation at the store.
On Sunday, Master Deputy Jennings Autrey said the victim’s husband, Avery Blandin, was under guard at Greenville Memorial Hospital and was charged with murder.
Autrey said Blandin drove away from the scene but wrecked his car at the corner of Agnew Road and Marion Road before being arrested Saturday afternoon.
The couple had a history of violence, according to police records. On Oct. 30, Avery Blandin was charged with criminal domestic violence. According to the warrant, Lilia Blandin told deputies that her husband punched her in the mouth and stomach after accusing her of cheating. Deputies said she had a swollen upper lip. The warrant says Lilia Blandin told deputies that she had not reported numerous other times that her husband had hit her because she feared for her safety and the safety of her children.
Ladies, please don’t do like Lilia did if you’re ever in her position!
Several customers were appalled that Walmart stayed open for business through the stabbing and the aftermath.
“I saw there was blood everywhere, on the ground, on the table, on the wall,” said Brittany King, a shopper who arrived shortly after the stabbing. “It’s disrespectful to the family that it happened to. Especially the people and the employees who saw it happen.”
“From what I can see, they never really gave (the employees) that opportunity to recuperate,” said Bob Quarles, who said he walked into the store just as the attack happened.
Nice, Walmart! Classy even…