Murder suspect accused of making weapon in jail


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A Charleston man accused of stabbing his wife to death in their own home was back in court Friday on a different charge.

According to an affidavit, Chesley Jones Black, Jr. is charged with carrying or concealing a weapon. The document states an officer at the Al Cannon Detention Center reported finding a weapon in Black's cell on September 4th and that Black verbally admitted that the weapon was his.

According to the affidavit, the make-shift weapon was made from toilet paper cores, string from a mattress and could have been used as a swinging weapon to inflict bodily harm.

Black was in jail on a murder charge. He is accused of stabbing his wife, Amanda, to death in September in their home on Fife Lane.

According to investigators, during a taped audio recording, Black confessed to his wife's murder.

Family members say they learned of Amanda's death from their 4-year-old daughter who witnessed the violent event.

Officials have said they believe the incident developed from ongoing domestic violence in the household.

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