Terry Darnell Kelly Jr.

Terry Darnell Kelly Jr. Provided/Al Cannon Detention Center

A woman's estranged boyfriend was charged in her slaying after North Charleston police say he stabbed her to death Sunday in the parking lot of her apartment complex.

Terry Darnell Kelly Jr., 40, of Morningside Lane in St. George, faces counts of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He briefly appeared via video conferencing Monday morning before a bond court magistrate but waived his right to the hearing. A magistrate can't set bail for a murder charge.

Loved ones of Tennille Grant, 41, of North Charleston, packed two rows of benches in the courtroom but opted to not say anything. A victim advocate told the judge that they were devastated.

The killing was reported before 6 p.m. in Ashton Woods apartments at 9525 U.S. Highway 78, an area in the city's northern reaches near Ladson. The North Charleston Police Department said Kelly saw Grant return home to the complex and approached her as she was unloading her car.

Grant told Kelly to leave her alone and "that he was going nowhere in life," according to an incident report. Kelly forced her to the ground and stabbed her multiple times as she screamed for help, the report stated.

A witness at the complex brought the woman into his apartment and attempted to put pressure on a wound to her neck until authorities arrived. But paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

“They were arguing outside. She told him get away from (her),” the witness told a 911 dispatcher, according to audio of the call. “He walked away for a little while, and then he came back and she started screaming.”

The witness continued: “He was over her when I looked outside. As I’m coming back outside, she’s running toward me. She told me, ‘Call 911.’”

Officers found Kelly nearby and arrested him.

Kelly's criminal history in South Carolina dates to 1998 and includes convictions for domestic violence, possession of crack cocaine, carrying a pistol, entering a premises after warning and driving under suspension, according to State Law Enforcement Division records.

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Angie Jackson contributed to this report. Reach Michael Majchrowicz at 843-607-1052. Follow him on Twitter @mjmajchrowicz.

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.

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