Man accused of stabbing wife pleads down to manslaughter

Chesley Black in court (File/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV/AP) -- Chesley Black, accused of stabbing his wife to death in front of their two children, has pleaded guilty for a lesser charge.

The Associated Press reports 31-year-old Black will serve 25 years after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

Black was charged with murder back in September 2011 after his 25-year-old wife Amanda was found dead in their Fife Lane home. The coroner said Amanda was stabbed in the neck and died from a laceration to the carotid artery.

As the investigation unfolded, detectives said one of their daughters, then only 4-years-old, witnessed the killing.

Detectives said Chesley dropped the girl off at a family member's house in St. George. That's when they say the little girl told family members about her mom's brutal murder saying 'daddy killed mommy and put her in the bathroom."

Black then fled to Sumter with his other daughter, who was 2-years-old at the time. During a welfare check, deputies found Amanda's lifeless body in the couple's home.

After his arrest in Sumter County, according to investigators, Black confessed to his wife's murder during a taped audio recording.

The couple was together for five years.

A year later, Chesley was also accused of carrying a make-shift concealed weapon at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

Prosecutors told the AP they agreed to the plea agreement so Black's older daughter would not have to testify at trial.