Kershaw woman ‘brutally murdered’ with baseball bat (U.S.)

Posted on December 28, 2011


Source: WMBF News

KERSHAW, SC (WMBF) A young woman from Kershaw was kidnapped and found sexually assaulted and ‘brutally murdered’ after the suspect in her death lead authorities to her body.

The grandmother of 30-year-old Beverly Hope Melton received a worried call Monday evening about a man following her.

Melton’s body was later discovered in Kershaw County when 23-year-old Nickolas Jermaine Miller lead Chesterfield County deputies to its location.

Responding deputies reported the abduction and found Melton’s car still running in a ditch on Angelus Road near Jefferson, said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

Video surveillance from the convenience store when Melton had been earlier that day show Miller harassing her and helped deputies obtain a description of his vehicle.

Matthews said Deputies later stopped Miller’s vehicle who agreed to go to Jefferson Town Hall for questioning, where Miller admitted to sexually assaulting and killing Melton. Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker asked Miller if he would show him where Melton’s body was.

A SLED helicopter assisted the sheriff’s office in locating Melton in a field behind two abandoned turkey barns, Matthews said.

It was determined that Melton was killed off of Sandy Grove Road in Mt. Pisgah in Kershaw County. Kershaw County investigators, with assistance from SLED forensic investigators, responded to the scene.

“This was a horribly brutal and senseless crime. One of the worst I have ever seen. To our knowledge Ms. Melton did not know her killer,” said Sheriff Matthews. “Since the actual homicide took place in Kershaw County, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office will take over the homicide investigation. I must give credit where it is due. Chesterfield authorities jumped on this case with a vengeance. They are the ones who solved this crime.”

Nickolas Jermaine Miller is incarcerated at the Kershaw County Detention Center facing murder charges. Miller will also face kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct charges in Chesterfield County. Miller’s bond will be set by a circuit court judge, Matthews said.

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