Crime

He took his pregnant girlfriend to an empty MB apartment and tried to kill her, cops say

A married man strangled his pregnant girlfriend, leaving her unconscious and their Myrtle Beach apartment covered in blood, according to arrest warrants.

Myrtle Beach police went to Magnolias Assisted Living, at 6309 Hawthorne Ave., on Dec. 26 after reports of an injured person. Officers found the woman — who was staying at an apartment across the street on 65th Avenue North — with lacerations on her throat and wrist, warrants state.

Police arrested Courtney Kebone Whitter, 24, on Monday and charged him with attempted murder. Whitter is married to another woman but rented an apartment for the victim, the baby and himself, warrants state.

The victim, who was 5 months pregnant with Whitter’s child, was disoriented when she went to the nursing home to report she was abducted and beaten, authorities said. While at an apartment on 65th Avenue, the suspect strangled her with his hands until she lost consciousness, and she does not remember anything else prior to waking up in the hospital, warrants state.

Police said the woman regained consciousness on Saturday. Had the victim not been transported to the hospital, she could have died, warrants state.

Authorities say Whitter drove the victim to the apartment two days before Christmas. It was empty except a crib Whitter bought for the baby, warrants state.

A witness told police the apartment had a “large amount of blood” inside, warrants state.

Whitter was denied bond and is currently booked at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

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The Sun News Reporter Hannah Strong is passionate about making the world better through what she reports and writes. Strong, who is a Pawleys Island native, is quick to jump on breaking news, profiles stories about people in the community and obituaries. Strong has won four S.C. Press Association first-place awards, including one for enterprise reporting after riding along with police during a homicide. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Winthrop University.

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