Saturday, December 31, 2011
The black man whom Kershaw and Chesterfield County authorities are charging with murder, kidnapping and rape in the brutal beating death of a 30-year-old woman likely followed another woman earlier that day
Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker confirmed the incident and said that his deputies are gathering more information. He said that he didn’t have enough details yet to elaborate. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said that he has talked with an assistant prosecutor in the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office about possibly seeking the death penalty against the 23-year-old black suspect, Nickolas Jermaine Miller of Jefferson. Miller is charged in the slaying of Beverly Hope Melton of Kershaw. The victim was abducted from her car in broad daylight, sexually assaulted and beaten to death with a baseball bat. The black suspect later confessed after leading authorities to her body later that night in a remote field in Kershaw County, officials said.