Crime

Ex-boyfriend of pregnant murder victim refused extradition

Christopher Kalb
Christopher Kalb Photo courtesy of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office

The ex-boyfriend of a pregnant murder victim refused extradition from North Carolina to Horry County at a hearing Friday.

Christopher Kalb, 24, of Ash, N.C., is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent felony in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend, 22-year-old Shannon DiTillio of Buffalo, N.Y., who was several months pregnant when her lifeless body was discovered Monday in a small pool of blood in a vacant lot in Longs.

While Horry County police have obtained arrest warrants, they haven’t been served because Kalb is currently jailed at the Brunswick County Detention Center on an unrelated charge, authorities said.

Kalb fought the extradition Friday in a Brunswick County courtroom, and a full hearing on the matter is scheduled for May 12, officials said.

It will just take longer to have Kalb brought to Horry County, Lt. Mark Bonner with Horry County police said.

“We fully expect him to be brought back to Horry County. There’s enough probable cause to bring him back here,” Bonner said.

Police declined to give specifics about the physical and electronic evidence they say they have against Kalb. They also have statements from people involved in the case that point to Kalb, Bonner said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

“We’re still knee-deep in it,” Bonner said.

Kalb allegedly shot DiTillio with a handgun on or about Sunday in the Longs area where she was found, according to an Horry County police arrest warrant.

Kalb was arrested Wednesday night in Brunswick County, N.C., in connection with an unrelated domestic violence charge from November involving a different female victim.

Kalb allegedly grabbed her and struck her in the face during that incident, and he is being held without bond at the Brunswick County Detention Center, according to Emily Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

BCSO authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Kalb as a fugitive because he is wanted in connection with murder in Horry County as well, Flax said.

DiTillio and Kalb have a young daughter together who is in New York, Bonner said.

DiTillio arrived in Horry County on Thursday from Buffalo, according to authorities, and she was discovered at 1700 Vera Road in Longs about 11 a.m. Monday. A complainant had gone into the empty lot to get some dirt, but turned around and called police when he noticed a “motionless” body with blood around it, according to a police report.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend

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