Murder trial begins for man accused of killing girlfriend whose remains were found outside Lowcountry school

VIDEO: Jury selection begins in murder trial of man accused of killing girlfriend

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.

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