Couple in Gaffney murder-suicide had domestic incident in 2016

Wallace Hollis
Wallace Hollis

GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) — As police continue to investigate the apparent murder-suicide of a Gaffney couple, 7 News took a closer look at the arrest record of those involved.

Gaffney Police Department said Wallace Hollis got in a physical altercation with Tina Elease Makeupson before he critically injured her. Makeupson’s body was found Monday in the couple’s home on Beech Street.

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said after injuring Makeupson, Hollis drove to his work at Brown’s Packing, where he shot and killed himself.

In December 2016, Hollis was charged with aggravated domestic violence and kidnapping for an incident involving Makeupson.

The 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office states Makeupson attended Hollis’ bond hearing and recanted her statements to police. The solicitor’s office states that Makeupson also changed her story in follow-up interviews with Gaffney Police Department, and attempts to reach her by phone, letter, and Facebook went unanswered.

The solicitor’s office said prosecutors were forced to dismiss the charges.

Hollis was charged with attempted murder in 2014 in an unrelated case that was also dismissed due to lack of victim responsiveness.

Hollis was a registered sex offender for 2007 charges of criminal sexual conduct with assault with the intent to commit.

The 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office released the following statement in regards to Makeupson’s death:

This case is heartbreaking and we offer our condolences to the family of Ms. Makeupson. We wish this pattern of abusive behavior ended differently. The case also serves as a good example of why our office will not budge when domestic violence victims approach us after the arrest looking for leniency on behalf of the abuser.”

The 7th Circuit Solicitors Office launched an initiative to curb domestic violence in December 2016, known as “Home Front,” in Spartanburg County. The  partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office allows for stiffer penalties of repeat domestic violence offenders. The initiative has seen early success in its first year, with multiple prosecutions.