Inmate serving life in prison charged in 1999 cold case

Published: Jan. 28, 2015 at 5:01 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 28, 2015 at 8:56 PM EST
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Edwina Shelton. (Source: Live 5 News)
Edwina Shelton. (Source: Live 5 News)
(Source: Live 5 News)
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 51-year-old man who is currently serving life in prison has been charged in the December 1999 murder of a woman in North Charleston.

Anthony Andrew Heyward was in court Wednesday, where he was charged with the murder of 44-year-old Edwina Shelton.

According to an affidavit, Heyward struck Shelton in the head with a blunt object back on December 10, 1999, resulting in her death. North Charleston police reportedly found Shelton behind an apartment building on Cosgrove Avenue, nude from the waist down with a large amount of blood near her head.

Records state investigators were able to identify Heyward as Shelton's killer 15 years later by analyzing forensic evidence that was collected at the scene of the murder.

North Charleston police say bodily fluids found on the victim were collected during the initial autopsy and submitted to SLED, but no matches were made.

Department spokesperson Spencer Pryor says the case agent resubmitted the DNA evidence in 2014, which positively identified Heyward, who was already incarcerated at Liber Correctional Facility.

Records state Heyward began serving life in prison in 2002 on charges of kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct first degree.

Heyward's rap sheet reveals a long list of arrests dating back to 1989, including a charge of assault and battery high and aggravated nature in 1990, and an arrest for criminal sexual conduct in 1999.

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