NORTH CHARLESTON A judge ruled this morning that the murder case against Chesley "C.J." Black, the man accused of stabbing his wife to death at their West Ashley home, should proceed.

Charleston County Magistrate James B. Gosnell found probable cause to substantiate the charge, he announced to a courtroom packed with family and friends of 25-year-old Amanda Kalman Black, who investigators found dead in her bathroom last month.

Her 4-year-old daughter told Amanda's sister, Beverlie Holcomb, that her father killed her mother. Holcomb's husband alerted authorities, who learned that the 4-year-old daughter and her 2-year-old sister had spent an entire night in the house with their mother's body.

Her uncle, Don Gresh, said after the hearing that the girls are back in school and dance.

"She loved her babies more than anything," Gresh said of his niece. "Her babies were her life. That's the saddest part."

Read more in Friday's editions of The Post and Courier.