Lowcountry man gets life in double slayings

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - A Lowcountry man facing the possibility of a death sentence will spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2009 shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her 4-year-old son.

A Beaufort County jury deliberated about two hours Wednesday before returning the sentence against 31-year-old Ernest Stewart Daise of Burton.

Last week, the same jury found him guilty of murder in the deaths of 34-year-old Jeanine Mullen and her 4-year-old son, Waltfredo Davis-Mullen. Daise also was convicted of assault and battery with intent to kill his then-2-year-old son. He also was convicted on two drug counts.

Members of his family wept when the jury spared Daise the death penalty. It was the first death penalty trial in the county in five years.

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