Plea rejected in school stabbing

A judge today denied a guilty plea from an Aynor man accused in the 2006 fatal stabbing of his girlfriend outside Carolina Forest High School.

An expected plea agreement never materialized after the suspect, Edwin Cornelius, wouldn't agree to the case facts presented by Horry County solicitors.

Natalia Allison Holmes, 18, of Myrtle Beach, was stabbed multiple times as she was being dropped off for school May 18, 2006. She died later that morning. Cornelius was indicted in the slaying and has been held at at J. Reuben Long Detention Center since the stabbing. Police apprehended him less than an hour after the stabbing off S.C. 90.

Greg Hembree, 15th Circuit solicitor, said a trial is now likely in early spring.

Prosecutors had expected a plea agreement that would have resulted in a sentence of 40 years for Cornelius. They will now seek life in prison, Hembree said.

- Read more in Friday's edition of The Sun News