Report: Berkeley County man killed wife, stepdaughter after discovering text messages

Report: Berkeley County man killed wife, stepdaughter after discovering text messages
Anthony Gathers has been charged with murder and death or injury of a child in utero. (Source: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Authorities have identified a woman and her pregnant daughter who investigators say were stabbed to death by the woman’s husband after he found messages between his wife and an ex-boyfriend.

Berkeley County Coroner George Oliver said 38-year-old Lorice Gathers and 22-year-old Shanique Hills died in the incident.

Gathers’ husband and Hills’ stepfather, 38-year-old Anthony Lamar Gathers II, was arrested for the murders which investigators say happened at a home in Goose Creek.

He was charged with two counts of murder, two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and one count of death or injury of child in utero due to commission of a violent crime.

He was denied bond Monday night.

A newly released arrest warrant states the investigation began at 5:03 a.m. when Anthony Gathers called 911 and said that he had just stabbed his wife and stepdaughter.

When deputies arrived at the home on Clarine Drive they discovered both of the victims in the driveway. According to deputies, the victims were unresponsive and suffered multiple stab wounds.

Court records state that Gathers told investigators that he discovered text messages between his wife and ex-boyfriend.

Authorities say Gathers then armed himself with a knife and attacked his wife and stepdaughter.

Detectives reported that they located and recovered a knife which is believed to have been used in the incident. Hill was transported to Trident Medical Center where medical staff discovered that she was 20 weeks pregnant, and that the unborn child died in the incident.

At the time of the incident, neighbors reported several law enforcement units responding to the scene.

“When I came out, I saw a bunch of cop cars and plain cars and a SUV blocking anybody from coming in and leaving the street,” said Terry Everidge, a neighbor. “When I looked down the street that’s where all the police people were and my daddy pointed out there was a body laying underneath the sheet.”

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