BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - A murder trial began on Monday in Berkeley County for a man accused of killing his girlfriend whose remains were found outside a Lowcountry elementary school.
Jerald Jermaine Howard is charged with the murder of 28-year-old Nicole Goodlett whose remains were found behind Cainhoy Elementary School in 2015.
On Monday, a jury was chosen at the Berkeley County courthouse, and testimony is expected to begin Tuesday morning.
Investigators say it’s a case that covered two counties, Spartanburg and Berkeley.
A search warrant served in March that year showed evidence of a possible struggle in the master bedroom of the couple's home.
Court papers also stated blood was seen on the back of the door.
The case turned in 2015 when a hunter found Goodlett's skull and other burned remains behind Cainhoy Elementary School.
Authorities say after Howard was arrested for obstruction of justice a search warrant of his cell phone showed searches for "Can you identify a burned body" and "Burned body cases solvable challenge for investigators."
If Howard is convicted of Goodlett’s murder he faces life in prison without parole.