MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - A judge denied bond Monday for a suspect arrested in the Sunday stabbing death of a Moncks Corner man.
Moncks Corner police arrested Janice Coleman, 54, who was charged with murder in the death of 51-year-old Willie James Todd.
The Berkeley County Coroner's Office says Todd was found in his bed with a stab wound to his chest at a trailer park home on Fairground Road on Sunday at 9:36 a.m.
According to police investigators, Coleman told officers that the stabbing was in self defense. MCPD Sgt. Brad Norvell said evidence at the scene pointed to murder.
Police said the couple were arguing before the stabbing occurred. Neighbors told officers that Coleman and Todd had been living together for the past 3 to 4 years.
"Everybody is still in shock. It was very sudden. This is Christmas week, so everybody is just trying to come to terms with the fact that he's not here anymore," said Terreka Todd, Willie Todd's niece.
Todd's niece says she did not know Coleman well and had only met the suspect a handful of times.
"He's in one side of the house, and she's in another," Todd said."He was just looking out for her. When I went to the bond court, she doesn't have any family, so I'm pretty sure that had a lot to do with it. He's sweet. He wouldn't put her out."
Todd's family says Coleman had a history of violence. They say Coleman assaulted Todd on two different occasions this year.
"It wasn't self-defense, and she took him away from us, and she has no right," Terreka Todd said."She's going to have to account for what she did to him just like everybody else."
Coleman was being held in the Hil-Finklea Detention Center, police say.