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Lancaster County woman kidnapped, murdered in Kershaw County(SC)
thestate.com ^ | 27 December, 2011 | KELLY DAVIS

Posted on 12/27/2011 9:44:38 AM PST by marktwain

A Lancaster County woman was beaten to death in Kershaw County with a baseball bat after being kidnapped and assaulted, authorities said.

A suspect is in custody and the attack appears random, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said.

“This was a horribly brutal and senseless crime,” he said. “One of the worst I have ever seen.”

According to Matthews:

Beverly Hope Melton, 30, of the Town of Kershaw, was in a convenience store around noon Monday and reportedly was harassed by a man later identified as Nickolas Jermaine Miller, 23.

Around 1:15 p.m., Melton’s grandmother contacted Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies to report that Melton had called her to tell her she was frightened by a man who was following her. It was her last contact. Soon after, Chesterfield deputies found Melton’s still-running car in reverse, stuck in a ditch on Angelus Road near Jefferson.

Officers then returned to the convenience store and retrieved video footage showing Melton and a man someone recognized as Miller, of Jefferson. Miller’s vehicle also could be identified, so an alert was put out for law enforcement to be on the lookout for it.

A Chestefield County deputy stopped Miller and Miller voluntarily followed him to the Jefferson Town Hall. It was not known at that time that a crime had occurred, Matthews said.

Hower, when questioned by Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker, Miller reportedly said he had abducted Melton, assaulted her and then killed her.

Miller led Parker, a deputy and South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division officers to a secluded area off Sandy Grove Road in the Mount Pisgah area of Kershaw County, Matthews said.

It was dark by then, but around 6 p.m. a SLED helicopter equipped with infrared sensors spotted Melton’s body about 20 yards from the small search party, behind two abandoned turkey barns.

Kershaw County is leading the homicide investigation, but Matthews credited Chesterfield officers for doing most of the work already.

An autopsy on Melton’s body will be performed in Newberry County. Miller is being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center on charges of murder and possibly criminal sexual conduct.

He also faces charges of kidnapping and possibly criminal sexual conduct in Chestefield County. Because of the seriousness of the charges, Miller’s bond hearing will be presided over by a circuit court judge rather than a magistrate. That has not been scheduled.

Miller has no criminal record known to South Carolina law enforcement. He also has no known connection to Melton.

“It appears to be random, which is what makes it so scary,” Matthews said. “If this woman had had a concealed weapons permit and a firearm, this would not have happened. That’s why I advocate for people getting them.”

Matthews said Miller was calm this morning and had not asked for an attorney.

Melton was married, but Matthews did not know if she had children.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: banglist; kidnap; murder; sc
“If this woman had had a concealed weapons permit and a firearm, this would not have happened. That’s why I advocate for people getting them.”

Nice to see the sheriff wanting people to protect themselves.

1 posted on 12/27/2011 9:44:49 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

What an horrific crime. If she were armed the outcome could have been different and quite excellent.


2 posted on 12/27/2011 9:48:32 AM PST by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt! 2012)
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To: BykrBayb

Hat tip to BykrBayb.


3 posted on 12/27/2011 9:50:46 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

4 posted on 12/27/2011 9:51:03 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: marktwain

5 posted on 12/27/2011 9:52:05 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: marktwain

6 posted on 12/27/2011 9:53:35 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: marktwain

http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/16397367/man-in-custody-after-leading-deputies-to-body

Pictures of the victim and the perp. About what you would expect, a priori.


7 posted on 12/27/2011 9:55:31 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: marktwain
"Around 1:15 p.m., Melton’s grandmother contacted Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies to report that Melton had called her to tell her she was frightened by a man who was following her. "

If someone is following you, don't call grandma. What's grannie going to do? Call 911 and then pull over. When the nice man with the baseball bat knocks your window out and starts to grab you - empty the .38 special in his face and torso area.

8 posted on 12/27/2011 9:56:04 AM PST by BipolarBob (Of all the taglines in all the posts in all the world and she read mine.)
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To: jimbo123
just as I suspected....another white person killed by a black....

what's the score now?.....100 whites killed weekly by these animals?.....

I suppose this guy was "nice"....

9 posted on 12/27/2011 9:57:37 AM PST by cherry
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To: marktwain
Melton’s grandmother contacted Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies to report that Melton had called her to tell her she was frightened by a man who was following her.

Since she had no firearm, why would she call her grandmother instead of driving to the police station and go in to report the harassment? I'm sure they'd be willing to help in some way.

10 posted on 12/27/2011 9:57:55 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Some folks need an education...don't give up or we'll lose the Nation - Grand Funk Railroad)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
so easy to second guess how an unsuspecting woman leading a normal life one minute should react when pursued by a psychopath

Her car was found in reverse running, in a ditch, he probably used his car to cut her off

Police stations are pretty sparse in rural areas - she would have done better to never leave the convenience store and call 911 from there or any public area

There but for the grace of God go any of us

11 posted on 12/27/2011 10:05:06 AM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Yep. Whenever I see the words “senseless” and “random” in the story, I know pretty much what to expect. If it were a black victim and a white perp, the journalist would have no problem figuring out the motive.


12 posted on 12/27/2011 10:05:14 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: jimbo123

That guy reeks of lowlife...


13 posted on 12/27/2011 10:06:38 AM PST by GOPJ (Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred - Proverbs 15)
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To: marktwain

Why wait for a trial. Just kill’em and throw him out back.


14 posted on 12/27/2011 10:12:21 AM PST by Carry me back
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To: jimbo123

Of course.


15 posted on 12/27/2011 10:13:04 AM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: silverleaf
...easy to second guess how an unsuspecting woman leading a normal life one minute should react when pursued by a psychopath Her car was found in reverse running, in a ditch, he probably used his car to cut her off Police stations are pretty sparse in rural areas - she would have done better to never leave the convenience store and call 911 from there or any public area There but for the grace of God go any of us

People often 'blame the victim' because they want to feel the safety of knowing they would respond in a way that would result in a different outcome. Or some could be using this horror as a way to figure out what they should do - while they're NOT under the pressure of being terrified. Ether way, silverleaf - your response was insightful, empathic and probably very close to the truth of what happened... Thanks.

16 posted on 12/27/2011 10:14:10 AM PST by GOPJ (Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred - Proverbs 15)
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To: marktwain

Ten minutes in his cell and me and my buddy armed with baseball bats would ensure there would be no need for an attorney or trial...just bring up in the hazmet team to do the cleanup.

It pains me to no end when these guys get arrested, what happened to curbside justice.


17 posted on 12/27/2011 10:14:36 AM PST by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: A_perfect_lady
If it were a black victim and a white perp, the journalist would have no problem figuring out the motive.

"Hate crime".

18 posted on 12/27/2011 10:15:48 AM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: cherry

I’m sure his mama will be on TV any minute now saying he was a “good boy”.


19 posted on 12/27/2011 10:17:02 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: silverleaf

“There but for the grace of God go any of us”.

You are so right, Silverleaf. How easy it is to point out what the victim did “wrong”. She could be any one of us and that is what is so darn frightening. This area doesn’t sound like a problematic “urban/thug” area. She was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and God knows what she went through before she died.


20 posted on 12/27/2011 10:23:05 AM PST by momtothree
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To: silverleaf
so easy to second guess how an unsuspecting woman leading a normal life one minute should react when pursued by a psychopath

Sorry. It's easy to second guess when you have experience with just such a situation. And these days...a normal life includes preparing for emrgencies.

I used to go with a young lady who had occasional problems being followed while in her car. She was very attractive and on several occasions would garner undue attention from guys in cars who thought they'd "have some fun".

After the first incident, she made damned sure she knew where the police stations were in surrounding towns and made use of that knowledge by wasting no time getting there...at high speed if necessary. Situational awareness. Preparedness. They work.

21 posted on 12/27/2011 10:25:08 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Some folks need an education...don't give up or we'll lose the Nation - Grand Funk Railroad)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

“After the first incident, she made damned sure she knew where the police stations were....”

The young lady you speak of had a “first incident”. That meant she was able to truly think about the experience, possibly talk to other people for advice and then make a future plan if it occurred again. Nothing in this article stated this poor woman had previous situations with this man before. In fact, the article seemed to point that it was random. G*d forbid some psychopath was truly following your friend with the intent of killing her on the first incident. She may have been a victim just as easy. IMHO.


22 posted on 12/27/2011 10:30:46 AM PST by momtothree
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To: grobdriver

I was in the grocery store the other day and a black guy whacked into me in passing. I was shocked and turned around expecting him to say “excuse me” but he just stood there with his back to me.

Some black people just simply loathe anyone white. My parents helped fight the battle for civil rights, but he didn’t bother to ask me that.


23 posted on 12/27/2011 10:30:46 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: marktwain

Another time I was at a city bureau for something and was behind a black man and his little son who was staring at me. I said “hi” and smiled at the little boy who said nothing back to me. His father turned around, looked at the child, looked at me and said “He has to put up with Caucasians at school.”

I was dumfounded.


24 posted on 12/27/2011 10:33:22 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: marktwain

TNB


25 posted on 12/27/2011 10:41:07 AM PST by StormEye
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To: grobdriver
The biggest crime is what is happening with black leaders and spokesmen and spokeswomen in that community. They derive their power by division of the races and hatred of one race for another.

They have preached this for years and establishes the psychological climate for black on white crime. It is the psychology of “they owe me.” This art is practiced in its worst form by President Obama, Jessi Jackson, Al Sharpton etc.

The media will give these racist vast coverage. However, the media will not even acknowledge great black leaders such as Thomas Sowell etc. In effect the media has become the megaphone for black racism and jealously.

President Obama has probably set race relations back by 30 years. Unless he can totally polarize the minorities and induce racial divide, he knows he will not be reelected.

26 posted on 12/27/2011 10:45:07 AM PST by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: marktwain

A teachable moment right now. Okay, the god sheriff encourages you to arms, and hw many of you are sitting here right now, in your home, at the office etc unarmed?

Come on now folks, bad things happen to people who aren’t prepared for such “abbe rations”. Let me remind you here and now; these ain’t abbe rations, these things happen all the time, to everyone of whatever color, by anyone of whatever color.

It ain’t paranoia IF indeed someone is out to get you, history proves that this is true.

Why wait, get your CCW permit (if req’d), a fighting handgun, some books and most of all, professional training to better be prepared for when death comes knocking, then carry it at every opportunity. (Note, I am home today, laying tile for the Mrs. A Christmas gift, and yet, while waiting for a batch of thin set to hydrate, I am fully prepared- yes, my Glock may have mortar on it. It will still go bang. House alarm on immediate, doors secured, video recording, I call it my insurance policy.)

Who you gonna call? When? Bet it won’t help much.


27 posted on 12/27/2011 10:49:04 AM PST by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret), "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War" (my spelling is generally korrect!))
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To: Manly Warrior

“GOOD” Sheriff, “aberrations”-silly spell check going nuts...


28 posted on 12/27/2011 10:51:05 AM PST by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret), "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War" (my spelling is generally korrect!))
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To: JRios1968

That’s not concealed — that’s “in your face” armed.


29 posted on 12/27/2011 10:58:15 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG
That’s not concealed — that’s “in your face” armed.

Effective at deterrence

30 posted on 12/27/2011 11:06:03 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: cherry

We had better realize that we can forget about MLK’s dream — it will NEVER happen in this country.

They will always remain lofty, meaningless words especially when we have an administration that promotes racial division.


31 posted on 12/27/2011 11:08:19 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: marktwain

Beaten to death with a baseball bat. Anyone that has seen the last 10 minutes of the movie Casino knows how horribly brutal that is. Poor woman. God bless her soul.


32 posted on 12/27/2011 11:25:41 AM PST by KMG365
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To: silverleaf

Thanks for being the voice of compassion and sanity in this thread. All too often, the reports of these incidents bring out people who like to imagine that if the victim had a gun, they would have been just fine. It’s really a fantasy that is based on the very real hope that we can all control what happens to us, if we are only prepared enough - or that we get what we deserve.

After all the catastrophes that our country has suffered this year, perhaps we can use this New Year’s holiday to think about how many people *didn’t* deserve the tragedies that occurred to them.


33 posted on 12/27/2011 11:33:15 AM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: marktwain
Many people here in Indianapolis are comparing this murder to the events at a local Kroger grocery. Local thug just out of jail for armed robbery after serving 25% of the sentence puts a 'hard object' (everyone thinks a gun) to a female cashier's back. He takes her to the manager's office where the manager puts a bullet in thug's face. Thug dies hours later.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2825313/posts

34 posted on 12/27/2011 11:36:41 AM PST by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: A_perfect_lady
Whenever I see the words “senseless” and “random” in the story, I know pretty much what to expect.

Agreed. But let's keep ignoring the obvious. It's better that way.
35 posted on 12/27/2011 11:42:50 AM PST by Jay Santos CP ("Idiocracy"... It's no longer just a movie.)
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To: BipolarBob
“Around 1:15 p.m., Melton’s grandmother contacted Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies to report that Melton had called her to tell her she was frightened by a man who was following her.

This kind of scenario is always good to pose to leftists:

If YOU where in that kind of situation, would YOU want to be able to defend yourself OR would you want to wait a Lifetime for the police to arrive?
Gives them a whole new perspective on the issue of “Gun Control”.

36 posted on 12/27/2011 11:48:25 AM PST by Voice of Reason1 ("Absolute power corrupts absolutely” Lord Acton 1887)
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To: vladimir998
I’m sure his mama will be on TV any minute now saying he was a “good boy”.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I was just thinking that, except it would be his grandmom ( mom is meth-head) saying, “He a goo’ boy. He turning ‘es life aroun’. “

( Signing up for community college, next week, you see.)

37 posted on 12/27/2011 11:55:02 AM PST by wintertime (I am a Constitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: vladimir998
I’m sure his mama will be on TV any minute now saying he was a “good boy”.

Don't forget to include "he was getting his act together and he was an aspiring rapper."

38 posted on 12/27/2011 11:56:41 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: cherry

I have no idea how “nice” he was, but he’s obviously been oppressed. Holder better send some of his people down here to make sure we redneck South Carolinians don’t persecute this fine specimen of manhood.


39 posted on 12/27/2011 12:16:36 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: A_perfect_lady

“Whenever I see the words “senseless” and “random” in the story, I know pretty much what to expect.”

Conspiracy to deny and conceal hate crimes; 10 year minimum prison, without parole, and $500,000 minimum fine. Forfeiture of all pay, benefits and pensions.

If only...


40 posted on 12/27/2011 12:33:40 PM PST by wolficatZ (:"TV is king, you're my everything..")
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To: Scotsman will be Free

If SC had only paid him his slave reparations, this would never have happened!/sarcasm


41 posted on 12/27/2011 7:18:15 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Given the racial angle, this will just be a local story. Do not expect to see it on national news.


42 posted on 12/27/2011 7:33:03 PM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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To: marktwain

What a sad story - wonder why she did not call 911 when being followed. So many sick twisted people out there. What drives someone to do such a brutal thing. Lay those tile straight as you shoot


43 posted on 12/27/2011 11:13:22 PM PST by Tubac414 (Just want to ride my Motorcycle)
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