JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A detective testifying in the murder of a 25-year-old woman told a judge the victim was stabbed 15 times.
On Wednesday during a preliminary hearing, a judge determined that there was enough evidence against 30-year-old Robert Kronsberg accused of stabbing to death his girlfriend, Tasha Lucia, to move the case to trial.
Kronsberg had been expected to appear for the hearing, but opted not to.
Testimony during Wednesday's hearing revealed Kronsberg admitted to killing his girlfriend on three separate occasions. The suspect sent a text to friend admitting he killed Lucia, according to a detective.
The detective went on to say Kronsberg claimed he strangled Lucia, and then stabbed her. Gasps could be heard throughout the gallery as the officer said Lucia was stabbed 15 times.
"She had lacerations about the face area which would lead us to believe that she was beaten with a hammer as well as the knife wound that she had inside of her chest," said R.J. Holmes, a detective with the Charleston Police Department.
Kronsberg's bond hearing kept getting delayed, because he was in the hospital for three days after the murder, being treated for cuts on his wrists.
An officer said the wounds were self-inflicted, and that Kronsberg also took sleeping pills in an attempt to take his own life.
Back on Feb. 10, friends found Lucia stabbed to death inside her home along Encampment Court on James Island. According to court papers, Lucia had also been hit with a hammer.
Charleston police say Kronsberg was also at the house passed out with cuts on his wrists.
Authorities say Kronsberg admitted to taking cocaine, and was then taken to the hospital to be treated.
Kronsberg is charged with murder and possession of a knife during a crime.