Woman broke her nose after argument over pasta dish: SC sheriff


An argument over chicken fettuccine led to an assault, officials said. This archive photo was taken in 2010.


A woman beaten in an argument over pasta ended up with a broken nose and “significant” swelling, officials said.

Today, a South Carolina man accused of assaulting and shooting her is charged with attempted murder.

The man – identified in an incident report as James Howard Moultrie Jr. – was arrested on Monday, June 20. An online court records system does not list information about the lawyer on June 22.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said Moultrie was at his home last week when he became angry that a woman ‘didn’t cook him chicken (fettuccine)’. The two were in a “heated” argument before Moultrie pushed the woman to the ground, officials say.

A 4-year-old child was reportedly “in sight” and had “covered his ears during the incident”. The woman then took the boy out of the house, but when she returned Moultrie punched her, choked her and ‘put her hand over her mouth and nose’, the deputies wrote in a report. ‘incident.

Officials said Moultrie assaulted the woman on June 17 in Mount Pleasant, outside Charleston.

As the woman reported the assault, she told police of an earlier confrontation with the man. She said she was arguing with Moultrie at the same house when she tried to drive away on May 17, according to the incident report.

As the woman sat in the driver’s seat of her car, Moultrie is accused of shooting her. A projectile was later found lodged in the passenger side door, officials said.

Moultrie is facing charges of attempted murder and unlawful conduct towards a child after being accused of exposing the 4-year-old to “an unreasonable risk of harm to his physical and mental health and safety”.

Moultrie – a 31-year-old man from the Charleston area – was arrested and posted bond. He was released from prison on the condition that he avoid contacting the woman and her relatives, records show.

Simone Jasper is a reporter who covers breaking news for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.