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An Augusta woman who shot her boyfriend just before Christmas did so to save herself from another beating, her attorney told the judge Friday in Richmond County Superior Court.

The judge granted a $25,000 bond for Lauren K. Weldon, 27, who faces charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Sheriff investigators called to the Flintwood Drive home on Dec. 21 found Robert Shipley, 35, with a gunshot wound to the head. Officers also found 117 grams of methamphetamine on the dining room table.

Weldon had visible injuries consistent with her account of being beaten with fist and a belt, but a witness who was waiting outside for Shipley told officers she heard the couple arguing and then a gunshot.

Defense attorney Jacque Hawk said Shipley is a known drug dealer with a history of abusing women. Hawk applied for an order of protection for Weldon in April because of the domestic violence, but Shipley convinced Weldon she would be arrested if she attended the hearing. The petition was dismissed in August.

The day of the shooting Shipley had been high on methamphetamine for days, Hawk said. When he started beating Weldon, she grabbed the gun and fired at Shipley who is twice her size, Hawk said.

Shipley has recovered from the gunshot. He is in jail facing charges of trafficking methamphetamine, theft by receiving stolen property and weapon violations. Shipley was previously convicted of trafficking methamphetamine in 2007.








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