Kershaw County sheriff’s deputies say a man has confessed to kidnapping, sexually assaulting, and killing a woman Monday after stalking her while shopping. Deputies say they found her Beverly Melton’s body in a field behind two turkey barns.
Nickolas Miller, 23, is charged with the murder of the 30-year-old Melton.
“This was a horribly brutal and senseless crime. One of the worst I have ever seen. To our knowledge Ms. Melton did not know her killer,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a statement, “Since the actual homicide took place in Kershaw County, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office will take over the homicide investigation. I must give credit where it is due. Chesterfield authorities jumped on this case with a vengeance. They are the ones who solved this crime.”
In the early afternoon Monday, Melton called her grandmother and told her that a man was following her and that she was afraid. That was the last anyone heard from her before her body was found in a secluded area.
Matthews said Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the reported abduction and found Melton’s still-running vehicle in a ditch near Jefferson. The car was in reverse and Melton’s pocketbook was still in it.
Deputies returned to the convenience store where Melton had been earlier in the day. Deputies said video surveillance cameras were able to capture footage of Miller following and harassing Melton. They also got a description of his vehicle.
Chesterfield authorities transmitted a BOLO for the vehicle and Miller was later stopped by a Chesterfield County deputy. Miller agreed to follow the deputy to the Jefferson Town Hall where he was questioned by Sheriff Sam Parker and some of his deputies. During this questioning, Miller admitted to kidnapping Melton, sexually assaulting her and then killing her. Parker asked Miller if he would show him where Melton’s body was.
Sheriff Parker and his officers, helped by a SLED helicopter using infrared radar, were able to locate Melton’s body in a field behind two abandoned turkey barns. It was subsequently determined that the killing had happened off of Sandy Grove Rd. in the Mt. Pisgah area of Kershaw County.
Kershaw County investigators immediately responded to the scene and requested assistance from SLED forensic investigators.
Miller is currently being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center charged with murder. Chesterfield authorities will be charging him with kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct. No bond has been set. Because this is a capital offense, bond will be set by a circuit court judge at a later time.