Police: Stabbing victim also bludgeoned

A woman found dead in her James Island apartment Sunday had been bludgeoned in the head with a hammer and stabbed in the chest at least 15 hours before her body was discovered by friends, Charleston police said.

A large kitchen knife was still protruding from Tasha Lucia’s chest when a friend pulled a sheet from her bloodied body around 5 p.m. in a bedroom at her Encampment Court apartment, police said.

Lucia’s live-in boyfriend, 30-year-old Robert Tilghman Kronsberg, appeared in Charleston County bond court Wednesday on charges of murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Magistrate Linda Lombard set no bail on the murder charge, as only circuit judges can set bail on that offense. She set his bail at $100,000 on the weapon charge.

Kronsberg had been scheduled for a bond hearing the previous day, but the proceeding was postponed because he was still hospitalized for undisclosed ailments. A police report noted a 3-inch cut found on his left wrist at the time of his arrest, and a large bandage could be seen on that wrist Wednesday.

No one appeared on his or Lucia’s behalf during the hearing. Kronsberg, who appeared through video conferencing, had little to say beyond answering Lombard’s questions about his address and his understanding of the proceeding.

Arrest affidavits state that Lucia, 25, was killed between midnight and 2 a.m. Sunday. Two friends, concerned after she did not show up for her bartending job on Folly Beach, went to her home and found her dead around 5 p.m., police said.

They found Kronsberg sleeping in another bedroom, police said. When officers woke him, they found vodka, marijuana and another knife on his bedside table. Kronsberg was mumbling and incoherent at the time, police said.

Police have not disclosed a motive in the killing. Kronsberg’s boss at James Island’s Paisano’s Pizza, Nick Skover, said he last saw Kronsberg Saturday night at work, and he appeared upset for some reason.

Reach Glenn Smith at 937-5556 or Twitter.com/glennsmith5.

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