A man charged with murder Thursday in connection with his wife’s strangulation death this week at a Beaufort hotel was, at the time, free on bond after an earlier assault on his wife in March, police records show.
Dale Eugene King, 52, was arrested about 8:30 p.m. Thursday and charged in his wife’s murder. He was booked at Beaufort County Detention Center with no bond set on Friday, jail records show.
Veronica Glover King, 51, was found dead at Atlantic Inn at 2249 Boundary St. on Tuesday, Beaufort Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Hope Able said in a release. An autopsy at Medical University of South Carolina this week showed the woman died of strangulation, the release said.
At the time of his arrest, Dale King was free on a $5,237 personal recognizance bond after being charged with third-degree domestic violence in March, court records show.
In the March incident, Beaufort police responded to a disturbance at the couple’s hotel room. After asking Dale King to leave the room, police found his wife with a swollen left eye, swollen forehead and bloody lip, according to a police report.
Veronica King told police she hurt herself in a fall in the bathroom and refused to give a statement, the report said. A visiting family member told police the couple was drunk and arguing much of the night before Dale King began making unprovoked threats and assaulted his wife.
After he was arrested on the domestic violence charge, his wife told police she wouldn’t appear at bond court and didn’t want there to be conditions on his bond, the report said.
A victim’s advocate later mailed Veronica King a copy of an introduction letter “due to dealing with the Kings prior domestic violence issues,” the report said.
Anyone with information related to Veronica King’s death may call Investigator Josh Dowling of the Beaufort Police Department at 843-322-7950.