Man accused of killing girlfriend in Berkeley County arrested in North Carolina

Lee Bradley, 59, is accused of fatally stabbing a woman in Berkeley County on May 23.

Lee Bradley called 911 and told authorities he awoke to find his girlfriend dead after the couple fought over a knife the night before, according to investigators.

When Berkeley County investigators arrived at the Bushey Lane home on May 23, Bradley was gone.

Tuesday the 59-year-old fugitive was arrested in North Carolina, accused of fatally stabbing his 60-year old girlfriend, Frances Lawrence.

Bradley told a 911 dispatcher that when he found Lawrence dead, he left the home, according to a recently released incident report.

Authorities found Lawrence lying on her back between the closet and bathroom of her home and she appeared to have blood on her nightgown, the report stated.

Lawrence's exact time of death has not been determined, according to Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury.

Bradley is being detained at the Mecklenburg County jail after he was arrested Tuesday morning by U.S. Marshals agents, according to authorities.

Federal authorities arrested Bradley in a parking lot in Charlotte, according U.S. Marshals officials.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has begun the extradition process, according to spokesman Dan Moon.

It's unclear when he could be transferred to the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner.

Bradley has a history of domestic violence, according to court records.

Berkeley County court records show that Bradley was convicted of criminal domestic violence in November 2012 and that he lived in the Bushey Lane home at the time. He also violated a protection order after his first offense in October 2009.

A stalking charge against Bradley was dropped in June 2011, the records show.

Before that, in March 2006, counts of kidnapping and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature were dropped.

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