Man accused of deadly knife assault on girlfriend, to appear in bond court

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Home where the deadly knife assault took place (Source: Live 5)
Home where the deadly knife assault took place (Source: Live 5)

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston man is scheduled for a bond hearing Monday night where he's accused of a deadly knife assault on his girlfriend.

Edward Isaiah Nelson, 24, was arrested Sunday after fleeing from Moncks Corner police for his alleged involvement in an assault Saturday. Nelson faces charges of murder and possession of a deadly weapon, according to Berkeley County jail records.

Monday afternoon the Berkeley County Coroner identified the victim who died as Shonda Davis, 38, of Moncks Corner.

Police responded Saturday to a reported assault at an apartment in the 100 block of Bradley Road in Moncks Corner, Chief Rick Ollic said.

Davis had received several cuts over her body from a knife, and was rushed to Trident Hospital where she later died, Coroner Bill Salisbury said.

Monday, detectives went door to door in the St. Francis Villa neighborhood trying to figure out why Nelson allegedly killed his girlfriend.

"We'd wave at her, that's about it," said Jammie Gaillard, of Moncks Corner. "She was quiet. Didn't bother nobody or nothing."

"She was a very sweet lady," said Summer Netterville, of Moncks Corner. "She really was."

Ollic said Davis was the mother to a little boy, whose third birthday was Sunday.

"On the wake of his birthday he no longer has a mother to raise him," he said. "That's very difficult for that family to go through. Now he's going to have to grow up without his mother."

According to police and neighbors the boy was not home when the assault happened.

"He was with her sister, and she was bringing him back here, from my understanding," Netterville said.

Gaillard said he saw the tail end of the assault before Nelson ran into the woods.

"The kids came to the door and everybody was saying she was saying help help!" he said. "I looked over there and he was dragging her around like a rag doll. I thought she was getting robbed actually."

"[I] seen her," Netterville said. "[I] knew it was her. It was a bad scene."

While Netterville and Gaillard said they haven't personally seen any prior violence, they said Nelson made them uncomfortable at times.

"When I would talk to her, and he was there, it was just dirty looks," Netterville said.

According to the State Law Enforcement Agency (SLED), Nelson has had prior arrests.

"Appears he's had some armed robbery charges. Looks like he's had all felonies, in fact, he went to prison for six years," Ollic said.

Police said this was an isolated incident, but some people in the neighborhood are thinking about leaving, especially for the safety and health of their kids.

"One of the kids is saying they can't go to sleep," Gaillard said.

Moncks Corner police are currently working with Davis' family, who drove from New York, during this tough time.

Nelson is being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center pending his bond hearing.

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