HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A North Carolina man accused of shooting and killing the mother of his child and leaving her body in a vacant lot in Horry County was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center early Wednesday morning following his extradition from Brunswick County.
Christopher Kalb, 25, of Ash, N.C., was incarcerated in Horry County at 12:58 a.m., on charges of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to records from J. Reuben Long.
No bail has been set.
According to previous information from the Horry County Police Department, officers found the victim, later identified as Shannon Nicole DiTillio from Buffalo, N.Y., in the lot at 1700 Vera Road in the Longs area in April. The arrest warrant alleged that Kalb shot and killed DiTillio with a handgun near that address.
The Horry County Coroner's Office had confirmed that DiTillio was approximately 16 weeks pregnant, based on the pathological exam.
It was also determined by investigators that Kalb, who is DiTillio's ex-boyfriend, is also the father of her first child.
Kalb was initially booked into the Brunswick County Detention Center in April on an unrelated charge, assault on a female, after he allegedly grabbed and struck another woman in the face last year, according to an arrest warrant. North Carolina had a fugitive warrant to hold the suspect until extradition to South Carolina.
The suspect was set to be extradited to South Carolina in April but decided to fight it. His court date was continued to June 10, but he did not appear.
WECT in Wilmington reported that a governor's warrant was previously issued, so Kalb would eventually be sent to South Carolina to face his charges.
"Once we receive a governor's warrant, it's no longer in the North Carolina court system. It's technically within that other state's court system, even though the person is being held here," Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas previously told WECT.
Thomas said everyone has a right to refuse extradition, but the North Carolina justice system's hands are tied when a governor's warrant is issued.