James Island murder suspect expected in court on Tuesday

James Island murder suspect expected in court on Tuesday

A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death last year on James Island is expected to be in court on Tuesday.

The attorney representing Robert Kronsberg said his client will be in court in connection to the fatal stabbing of 25-year-old Tasha Lucia.

According to investigators with the Charleston Police Department, Lucia's body was discovered by two of her Folly Beach bar and grill co-workers on Feb. 10, 2013.

A report states the two women, who were also friends with the victim, had arrived at a Encampment Court home to pick Lucia up for work. They knocked on the door several times to no avail, so one of the women entered the home through the front living-room window, according to the report.

As soon as she was inside, the women said she heard Kronsberg snoring loudly in a bedroom. She approached Kronsberg and asked him where Lucia was, but he replied with "unintelligible mumbling," according to the report.

The woman then walked into another bedroom, where she found Lucia lying on a bed, covered by a sheet. When she pulled the sheet back, she saw a large knife protruding from Lucia's chest, the report states.

Court documents also state Lucia was also beaten in the head with a hammer.

When police were inside, they said they found a bottle of vodka, a bottle of ibuprofen, and what appeared to be marijuana, along with a knife, on the bedside table next to a sleeping Kronsberg.

Kronsberg was shirtless and covered in blood, according to the report.

When police awakened Kronsberg, they said he sat upright with "wild" eyes and he mumbled.

Kronsberg was also suffering from 3" vertical laceration to his left wrist, which police said appeared to be self-inflicted. While Kronsberg was being taken to the hospital, he told EMS responders he had taken cocaine earlier in the day, according to a report.

The medic noted Kronsberg's pulse was "extremely high."

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