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Summerville woman gets life in prison for 'brutal' 2017 murder of roomate

Carmie Nelson (Charleston County Detention Center).jpg
Carmie Nelson (Charleston County Detention Center)

A Summerville woman has been sentenced to life in prison for murder.

A jury Thursday found Carmie Nelson guilty, and a Charleston County judge sentenced her to life without parole.

Nelson was accused of brutally murdering her roommate, Jordan Lum, in april 2017. Prosecutors said Nelson repeatedly stabbed Lum, and beat her with a hammer.

This was after authorities say Lum had befriended Nelson, and taken her into her home. Prosecutors said the relationship between Nelson and Lum, and Nelson plotted to kill Lum.

The morning of April 2, 2017, text messages showed Nelson was enraged at Lum for calling the police, and asked her estranged husband, Daniel Nelson, to help with an attack.

Daniel Nelson testified that Lum already was dead by the time he arrived at the residence. Lum had suffered over 110 wounds to her head, neck, torso, and arms, the solicitor’s office said.

The Nelsons spent the next two days drinking and taking drugs as they attempted to clean the

crime scene, until Carmie became aggressive toward him, Daniel Nelson told the jury.

Carmie’s threats of violence against him prompted Daniel to tell police what she’d done to Lum, and he secretly recorded her describing the details of the murder.