Testimony underway in messaging app murder trial

Testimony underway in messaging app murder trial
Photo source: Dorchester County Sheriff's Office
Photo source: Dorchester County Sheriff's Office

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The woman murdered after arranging a date on a social media site was found nude from the waist down in a shallow grave, according to a testimony given in court Tuesday.

Edward Bonilla is charged with murdering Ashley Pegram in April of last year.

Prosecutors say they met on the "Kik" app.

Prosecutors are trying to prove Pegram's DNA and body were in two of Bonilla's vehicles.

Dorchester County Sheriff's crime scene investigator Jeff Scott was on the stand for about two hours Tuesday afternoon.

The CSI said his team spent days processing Bonilla's personal car, his work van and his mother's car.

He testified several swabs in the trunk of at least one of the cars and inside the van tested what he called "presumptive positive" for blood.

A letter from Bonilla's former lawyer was read aloud in court.

It stated that Bonilla's knew where Pegram's body could be found. It was found in a shallow grave in Harleyville.

Earlier in the day Pegram's sister, Brandy Chance, testified she saw a conversation between Pegram and Bonilla on the Kik app on Pegram's cell phone after she went on a date with the suspect.

Chance said she called Bonilla who claimed he left Pegram outside a mobile home park in Summerville.

Pegram's body was found a month later in the woods in Harleyville.

The trial could end on Wednesday depending on how many witnesses are called by the defense.

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