Berkeley man sentenced to life in prison in girlfriend’s death

Lee Dell Bradley

A Berkeley County man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of killing his longtime girlfriend.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson announced Monday that a jury found Lee Dell Bradley guilty of murder Friday in the death of Frances Lawrence. Judge Deadra Jefferson sentenced Bradley to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Lawrence was found stabbed to death on the bathroom floor of her Summerville home on May 23, 2014.

Bradley claims he and Lawrence were fighting and she fell on a knife, according to the arrest warrant. He fled to Charlotte, where he was arrested and sent back to Berkeley County.

Bradley had been arrested multiple times since 2006 following complaints by Lawrence that he assaulted or threatened to kill her, according to a news release from Wilson’s office. Lawrence also requested multiple times that the state drop charges against Bradley, but he was convicted in 2009, 2010 and 2012 for charges including first- and second-degree criminal domestic violence.

He was also convicted three times in 2010 of violating a protection order, the release states. The victim asked Bradley to leave her home multiple times over the years but often allowed him to return, according to the release.

In the days following Lawrence’s death, Bradley was seen driving the victim’s car, selling items out of her home, giving away her food and taking money out of her bank account, according to the release. He told worried family members who hadn’t heard from her that she was at a friend’s house in Cross and that she was going to meet him at a bus station later in the week to retrieve her vehicle.