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Edward Nelson

A North Charleston man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the brutal 2016 slaying of his former girlfriend.

A Berkeley County jury convicted Edward I. Nelson, 25, of murder following a three-day trial, according to the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Shonda Davis, 38, was stabbed to death the night of Oct. 15, 2016 after Nelson ambushed her outside her Moncks Corner apartment. Davis was approaching her front door when Nelson attacked her, authorities said.

Several neighbors, including children, witnessed the killing. Nelson fled but was arrested the following day by Moncks Corner police. Investigators would learn Davis had broken off the relationship which prompted Nelson to confront and assault her with a butcher knife, authorities said.

"If she'd have just answered the phone, if I could've just heard from her," Nelson said at his bond hearing, according to the solicitor's office. "I wanted to talk to her but she wanted to go out with her friends."

At the time of the murder, Nelson was on parole for multiple strong-armed robberies, the solicitor's office said.

The day after the killing, Davis had plans to spend time in Myrtle Beach to celebrate her toddler son's birthday.

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Michael Majchrowicz is a reporter covering crime and public safety. He previously wrote about courts for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts. A Hoosier native, he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.