From the Springfield News Sun of May 18, 2006
Charges dropped against son in slaying(Much more detail)
The physically abusive history between Howard and Teresa Ayers was a factor in their son Shawn Ayers’ fate and led South Carolina prosecutors to drop the murder charge against the Springfield teen Wednesday.
The charge was filed against Shawn Ayers after he fatally stabbed and shot his father, retired Lt. Howard Wayne Ayers, on Aug. 9 on a family vacation to Myrtle Beach State Park.
“This is a classic case of not only a battered spouse, but the defense of another, and in this case, a tragic defense by a child of his mother,” Shawn Ayers’ Attorney Morgan Martin said. “It’s time that these charges and this shadow be removed from him. It’s been difficult for him, but he’s a fine young man, and a young man anyone would be proud to call their son.”
No other charges are expected in the case, Horry County, South Carolina, Solicitor Alicia Richardson said.