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Wilson County Man Faces Murder Charge For Beating His Wife To Death

Posted May 16, 2005

— The wife of the man who led Wilson deputies on a high-speed chase Saturday after severely beating her has died, the Wilson County Sheriff's Office reported Sunday afternoon. Archie Van Robert Bryant Jr. as been charged with the murder of his wife, 34-year-old Pam Bryant.

Bryant, 34, led Wison deputies on a high-speed chase Saturday after investigators discovered his wife severely beaten.

Deputies said they received a call Saturday to check on the well-being of a female at her residence in Elm City.

When deputies arrived to the home on U.S. 301 North, they found Pam Bryant lying on her bed and severely beaten. She was airlifted to Greenville's Pitt Memorial Hospital, where she died shortly after noon on Sunday.

An initial investigation on Saturday led deputies to begin searching for her husband.

Deputies located him driving the victim's blue Chevrolet Lumina near the Nash County line. A high-speed chase exceeding 100 miles per hour and involving officers from several jurisdictions followed.

The suspect rear-ended a deputy's car, spun across a ditch, and rammed a Sharpsburg Police Department patrol vehicle before two detectives ran Bryant off the road.

Bryant was taken into custody. In addition to the murder charge, Bryant has been charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on law enforcement officers and numerous counts of traffic violations.

Four sheriff's cars sustained minor damage during the high-speed chase, and a captain with the Wilson County Sheriff's Office received minor injuries to his ankle and leg after the suspect rear-ended his car. No other injuries were reported.

Bryant is currently being held in the Wilson County Jail without bond. A judge denied him bond on Monday afternoon.

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