Stepson charged after woman fatally stabbed in North Charleston

A woman’s stepson fatally stabbed her with a kitchen knife in front of her family early Monday, according to North Charleston police.

Dontavia Derrome William Reid, 24, of Giles Drive in Goose Creek is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in the death of 48-year-old Wilhelmina Lanore Reid. She was stabbed in the chest in her living room on Sumner Avenue at 1:48 a.m., according to the arrest warrant.

The area is off North Rhett Avenue between Remount Road and Interstate 526.

Family members said Reid had been staying with his stepmother for several weeks before the fatal altercation. He told a judge Monday morning that he was unemployed. Several nieces said the woman was a manager at a Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Here’s what happened, according to the arrest affidavit.

Wilhelmina Reid’s husband was in the kitchen and heard his wife cry out, “He’s stabbing me, he’s stabbing me.” He turned around to see Dontavia Reid standing over his wife and pulled him off her.

A child saw her lying on the floor bleeding and called 911. While on the phone with an operator, the child asked her who had stabbed her and she replied “Dontavia Reid.”

Officers said they saw a man run from the house when they arrived. They found Reid with blood on his clothes. He urged them to shoot him.

Reid told detectives he went into the kitchen and got a large knife from the sink, went into the living room and stabbed his stepmother, according to the affidavit. Officers said they found a bloody knife on the other side of the fence around the front yard.

She died at Medical University Hospital of a stab wound, according to the Charleston County Coroner’s Office.

Magistrate Priscilla Baldwin could not set bail on the murder charge and set bail at $200,000 on the weapon charge.

After the hearing, several of the woman’s nieces said they didn’t know what she and Reid were arguing about but the stabbing came as a surprise. They said she had two young children around 9 and 11.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.