- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

ST. GEORGE, S.C. (AP) - A Hanahan man will spend life in prison for the slaying of a woman he met through a smartphone app.

News outlets report a judge sentenced Edward Bonilla Thursday after a jury convicted him of murdering Ashley Nicole Pegram.

Authorities said Bonilla met Pegram through the Kik app and took her a date in April 2015, when she disappeared.

Her body was found more than a month later near Harleyville.

Prosecutor Don Sorenson says Pegram drugged, raped and beat Pegram to death before hiding her body in some woods.

Bonilla’s attorney Russell Hilton said Pegram’s death was accidental.

Bonilla was originally charged with obstruction of justice. The murder charge was added after investigators said they found blood in the trunk of Bonilla’s car that was consistent with Pegram’s DNA profile.

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