Affidavit: Man beat girlfriend with hammer at James Island home

Boyfriend charged in woman's stabbing death
Published: Feb. 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:48 PM EST
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Tasha Lucia (Source: Facebook)
Tasha Lucia (Source: Facebook)
A booking photo of Kronsberg. (Source: CCDC)
A booking photo of Kronsberg. (Source: CCDC)

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The 30-year-old man accused of murdering his 25-year-old girlfriend at her James Island home last Sunday has been denied bond.

Robert Tighlman Kronsberg has been housed at the intensive care unit at Medical University of South Carolina under watch from Charleston County deputies since he was taken into custody on Sunday.

On Wednesday, he was denied bond on the charge of murder. 

According to supplemental incident reports from the Charleston Police Department, the body of 25-year-old Tasha Lucia was discovered by two of her Folly Beach bar and grill co-workers.

A report states the two women, who were also friends with the victim, had arrived at the Encampment Court home to pick Lucia up for work.  She had not shown up for her shift and was not answering her phone, so they were concerned.

They knocked on the door several times to no avail, so one of the women entered the home through the front living-room window, according to the report.

As soon as she was inside, the women said she heard 30-year-old Robert Tilghman Kronsberg snoring loudly in a bedroom. She approached Kronsberg and asked him where Lucia was, but he replied with "unintelligible mumbling," according to the report.

The woman then walked into another bedroom, where she found Lucia lying on a bed, covered by a sheet. When she pulled the sheet back, she saw a large knife protruding from Lucia's chest, the report states.

Court documents released Wednesday state Lucia was also beaten in the head with a hammer.

When police were inside, they said they found a bottle of vodka, a bottle of ibuprofen, and what appeared to be marijuana, along with a knife, on the bedside table next to a sleeping Kronsberg.

Kronsberg was shirtless and covered in blood, according to the report.

When police awakened Kronsberg, they said he sat upright with "wild" eyes and he mumbled.

Kronsberg was also suffering from 3" vertical laceration to his left wrist, which police said appeared to be self-inflicted.

While Kronsberg was being taken to the hospital, he told EMS responders he had taken cocaine earlier in the day, according to a report.  The medic noted Kronsberg's pulse was "extremely high."

One day later, Kronsberg was arrested and charged with murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a violent crime.

Lucia was a 2005 graduate of James Island Charter High School. She worked as a bartender at Locklear's Beach City Grill on Folly Beach.

A family member told Live 5 News that the boyfriend, who goes by "Tillman," had a history of violence.

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