KERSHAW, S.C. -- One year after the tragic murder of Beverly Hope Melton, her family is still trying to deal with her brutal murder.
"It's a very somber time, especially for those who were really close to her," said Frankie Melton, Jr., Hope's brother-in-law, "Her family is trying to keep her memory alive."
One year ago, the 30-year-old married woman walked into Jack's convenience store in the town of Jefferson. At the same time, Nicholas Jermaine Miller, 23 was also a customer in the store. When she left, he followed her.
The Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office said that Miller confessed to following Melton in his car, stopping her car, sexually assaulting then killing her. Reports said that he used a baseball bat to beat the woman to death.
Deputies said that after he confessed and lead authorities to her body in nearby Kershaw County.
"We want justice," said Melton, who also said he has not heard from the suspect or his family since the murder, "She didn't know him-- he didn't know her."
Miller, who is still in jail, is expected to appear in court for his trial next month