Couple identified in Berkeley County murder-suicide

By Nikki Gaskins

HUGER, S.C. (WCIV) -- According to Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury, a man stabbed his wife to death before fatally wounding himself with a knife.

Salisbury has identified the couple as 32 year old Devon Williams and his wife, 31 year old Lesha Williams.

Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call placed near the home on Berk Road in Huger around noon on Friday. As investigators crowded the small community of Huger for several hours, neighbors gathered outside to watch in disbelief.

"It's hard to really speak on something like this because it doesn't seem real," stated Joe Lockwood who knew the couple.

Lockwood described the two as upstanding citizens in the neighborhood.

"Today is a very tragic sad situation because the family is a God fearing family and loved the community and loved their children," stated Lockwood. "That's why it's kind of hard to see what's going on here but we will never have the answer for everything."

When deputies arrived at the crime scene they recovered a knife believed during the incident. They also found Lesha Williams dead inside the home.

Her husband Devon Williams, was transported to East Cooper Medical Center in Mount Pleasant where he was eventually pronounced dead. What prompted the husband to kill his wife before ending his own life is still not clear.

"The investigation is still on going," stated Dan Moon, a spokesperson for the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

Moon says the children have been taken to a safe location but didn't specify if they were staying with family members.

Salisbury says both families of the murder-suicide have been notified.