Detective: Murder suspect gave confession in wife's slaying

Chesley Black in court Thursday.
Chesley Black in court Thursday.

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - In court Thursday, a detective told a judge that 29-year-old Chesley Jones Black, who is accused of killing his wife in front of their 4-year-old daughter, confessed to the murder.

"Him and the victim were involved in a domestic disturbance that got kind of heated over financial purposes," testified Charleston County Sheriff's Detective Mitchell Wilson. "Sometime during that altercation a knife was produced and Mr. Black stated he stabbed his wife in the neck, causing fatal injuries."

Black is suspected of murdering his wife, 25-year-old Amanda Kalman, at their home on Fife Lane in early September. The daughter told police that her parents were arguing and fighting inside the home when her father stabbed and killed her mother. The couple's 2-year-old daughter was also present.

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The judge ruled Thursday that there is enough probable cause for the case to continue.

"I feel justice is beginning to be served and we hope and pray that things will continue to go well," said the victim's uncle, Don Gresh. "It's always gonna be difficult, it's gut wrenching, it's hard."

Last month, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said there were signs of a struggle before the murder occurred. Authorities originally believed the murder happened on a Friday Sept. 9, but Cannon said it appears the killing happened the night before and that Black and the children stayed in the house with the body until Friday.

Charleston County's deputy coroner said that Amanda Kalman died of a stab wound to the neck that severed a major artery.

Black was denied bond last month.

Black has a criminal history that dates back to 2000 when he was arrested and convicted of shoplifting. In Jan. 2005, he was convicted of crack cocaine possession and attempted possession of a controlled substance.

Later that year, he was arrested on charges of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and malicious injury to personal property, but was not charged.  He was also convicted of possession of meth or cocaine base in Nov. 2005.

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