Saturday, November 29, 2014
"Death in the Driveway", notorious SC murder case of Melvin Roberts on NBC Dateline
Friday night, NBC Dateline aired “Death in the Driveway”, about the murder of defense attorney and landlord Melvin Roberts, found stabbed to death in his driveway in York. SC, with his girlfriend in duct tape. A good link is here, full episode here.
Eventually the girl friend Julia Phillips became a suspect – the duct tape wasn’t very convincing, and was convicted of hiring a hit man for the murder. She will face life without parole.
Phillips got greedy when the 69-year-old wanted to end the relationship.
The State has a detailed story by Jonathan McFadden, here.
The conviction has been appealed and other accomplices are being sought.
York SC is in northern SC, in the Piedmont, closer to Charlotte NC than to Columbia.