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Investigator details Pritchardville woman's slaying at hearing

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A Lowcountry Magistrate judge ruled Friday that there is enough evidence to bring Walter Glass to trial for the murder of Melanie Lowther, a woman who tried to help him.

A Beaufort County Sheriff's Office investigator testified before Judge Mark Fitzgibbons about what happened the day of the murder.

Investigators said Glass admitted to a friend what he had done, beating Lowther to death. Lowther's daughter found her body in a home on Barefoot Alley in Pritchardville on July 31.

"They found Mrs. Lowther face down on the kitchen floor," said Nelson.

Police say it all started after she caught him stealing from her. 

"He picked up a metal object that was located on the desk and struck her on the side of the face with it," said Nelson.

It wasn't just one time. Nelson said Glass continued to beat Lowther on the back of the head and stabbed the right side of her body.

"He checked her pulse, determined she was deceased. At that time he saw the rings on her fingers and attempted take them off," said Nelson.  

He said Glass took off with with one of her rings and more $1,000.

Nelson told the defense that Glass appeared to be in his right mind the whole time.

After listening to both sides of this case, the judge ruled there is enough evidence to take this case to a grand jury.

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