Man denied bond after being extradited back to Lowcountry

VIDEO: Officials investigating homicide in Berkeley County

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - UPDATE: After a court hearing on Saturday morning, a Berkeley County judge has denied Shon Hilton bond. Hilton had previously been extradited back to South Carolina on Friday.

Original Story: The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office says a 39-year-old man fled to Georgia after he killed his wife at a home in Sangaree.

Sheriff Duane Lewis held a press conference Wednesday afternoon and announced that Shon Hilton, 39, was in custody and is accused of killing his wife, 40-year-old Vanessa Hilton.

The coroner says Vanessa Hilton died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

"The forensic team is presently looking at several objects that were removed from the home that could have possibly caused the wounds," said Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury.

On Wednesday at 12:05 a.m., deputies responded to a reported death at a home on Birmingham Drive where they found a deceased woman.

The victim's daughter said she found her mother in the bedroom.

"This was something that shouldn't have happened, but did happen," Lewis said.

In a BCSO report, detectives determined that this was a domestic related incident.

"Evidence at the scene led us to believe that Shon Hilton was responsible for this murder," Lewis said.

Authorities say following the killing, Shon Hilton took his wife's Pontiac G6 sedan and fled the scene.

"Detectives worked all angles of this case in order to both apprehend Hilton and to help assure the public that the community is safe," Sheriff Duane Lewis said in a statement.

On Wednesday afternoon, Hilton was found and arrested on federal property near Fort Stewart, Ga. Lewis said he was involved in an accident on federal property.

"There was some evidence located in the vehicle that was related to this crime," Lewis said.

Hilton is currently being held there on unrelated charges.

Detectives from Fort Stewart contacted BCSO officials after investigating the origin of Hilton's car.

Lewis added they do not have a motive for the murder, at this time.

"I will say there have been some disturbances at that residence," Lewis said. "There have been no domestic violence calls at that house. Just disturbances."

Authorities say Hilton leaves behind two daughters, ages 21 and 15, and a son, 8.

"They're in shock and disbelief," Lewis said. "Although they knew there were some marital problems in the household. I don't think they believed it was going to escalate to this manner."

Authorities said there is no threat to the community and this was an isolated incident.

BCSO officials said in a statement that Hilton had been arrested by the sheriff's office on June 1, 2016 for second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 16 and indecent exposure.

He was currently out on bond for those charges.

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