CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina prosecutor plans to seek the death penalty against a man charged with abducting and raping a woman and fatally beating her with a baseball bat.
Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson on Monday served notice of intent to seek the death penalty against defendant Nickolas Miller.
Authorities said 30-year-old Beverly Hope Melton went to a convenience store in December and frantically called her grandmother to say she was being followed by a random man. She was reportedly killed in Kershaw County.
Johnson says the decision to seek the death penalty against Nickolas Miller came because he allegedly committed murder while in the act of criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and physical torture of the victim.