According to the Cartersville Police Department incident report, an officer was called to the scene at 5:18 p.m. When the officer arrived at the CVS on West Avenue, he found the caller was “visibly upset at the time.” The woman said her cousin was in the car and not breathing. Bartow County Emergency Medical Services pronounced the man dead at the scene.
Bartow County Coroner Joel said Sunday that an autopsy was planned for Monday on the 25-year-old man.
There were no signs of trauma, according to Guyton.
Man shreds ex-wife’s debit card
After arguing with his ex-wife, shredding her credit card and cursing her repeatedly, a man was arrested Sunday night.
When a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived at the Indian Springs Drive residence, he spoke with the victim, who said her ex-husband, William Branscum, lives with her. She said they were involved in an argument earlier that day and it escalated to the point Branscum threatened to close the joint bank account that had both their names on it. According to the incident report, Branscum said he was going to close the account that day. The victim said she followed him.
As they passed the Shell gas station in White on U.S. Highway 411, the victim said she stopped to withdraw money from the store’s ATM using her debit card. Branscum allegedly walked into the store and took the $200 from the victim. She then withdrew another $200 before Branscum allegedly took her debit card and drove away.
Both the victim and Branscum returned to their residence.
The victim said Branscum began yelling and screaming at her again, and she attempted to lock herself in her bedroom to get away from him. However, Branscum allegedly kicked the door in and broke the door at the lock. The deputy noted the bedroom door was still locked from the inside.
The victim said she “walked all around the house,” according to the incident report, to get away from Branscum, but he followed her and screamed at her the entire time. After going into her bathroom, and reportedly begging Branscum to move his foot out of the door, the victim was able to stay in the bathroom until the deputy arrived. The victim said she could hear Branscum continue to scream throughout the residence.
Branscum told the deputy he turned around when she saw the victim stop at the Shell gas station. He said he took the $200 as well as the debit card. Though Branscum did not describe what happened after he left the store, he did tell the deputy he shredded the debit card and threw it in the trash before he went home. He also said he canceled the account.
When asked about kicking in the door, Branscum said he kicked the door in to get to his keys after the victim locked him out of the room. He also said he was walking around his property freely and “had no intention of harassing the victim,” according to the report.
A witness at the residence confirmed the victim’s account.
When the deputy attempted to place Branscum under arrest, he told the deputy he was not going to go anywhere. After struggling with the deputy for a short time, Branscum placed his hands behind his back. According to the incident report, after he was placed in the back of the patrol vehicle, he began screaming obscenities in the victim’s direction.
Branscum was arrested and charged with simple assault under the Family Violence Act and criminal trespass (FVA). He was transported to the Bartow County Jail.