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James Island murder suspect will face trial

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The man accused of killing his girlfriend on James Island in February will face a trial.

In a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning, a Judge said there was enough evidence to hold a trial for 30-year-old Robert Kronsberg. Kronsberg has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a crime. Police say he killed his girlfriend 25-year-old Tasha Lucia on February 10.

According to police, friends of Lucia's showed up to the home on Encampment Court on James Island after she failed to show up for work. When they arrived, the friends found Lucia's body wrapped in a blanket in the bathroom of the home with a knife sticking out of her chest. Once police arrived, they found Kronsberg asleep in the room next to the body with what appeared to be a self-inflicted cut to the wrist. During the investigation, they found that Kronsberg took sleeping pills in an attempt to kill himself.

After being taken to MUSC, Kronsberg admitted to police that he choked and then stabbed Lucia 15 times after an argument. He also told police he sent a text message to a friend confessing to killing the woman. During the hearing Wednesday, authorities say they also found a hammer near the body that was used in the crime.

Tilghman Kronsberg, as he is otherwise known, did not appear in the hearing Wednesday. His attorney and the prosecuting attorney had a chance to ask questions about the investigation to authorities. Members of Tasha Lucia's family were present as well, but they left the hearing without providing any comment.

Dana Edwards was the maintenance man for Lucia while she was living in the apartment. He built a makeshift memorial on the side of the road to remember the woman he spent a lot of time with while fixing her home.

"She was a beautiful person on the outside and on the inside. She was a flower; she is going to be somebody who's going to be missed," he said.

Edwards also went on to say that Lucia was that type of person who would do anything for anybody. And while the relationship ended violently, he said the couple never seemed to have any issues.

"They were always walking close, you know. They seemed to be a happy couple," he said.

News 2 reached out to Kronsberg's attorney to see if a date for the trial has been set, but our phone calls have not been returned at this time.

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