Derrick McIlwain will not have a chance at parole for the killing of Kimberly Alger.
LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. — Derrick Allen McIlwain will spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2019 murder of his girlfriend in Lancaster County, South Carolina.
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In May 2019, the 36-year-old Alger was found dead near her home’s back deck. Her death was deemed suspicious, and an autopsy was ordered. Days after she was found, the then 41-year-old McIlwain was named as a suspect and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office noted he was wanted for an act of domestic violence against Alger.
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Alger’s murder wasn’t the only killing McIlwain was tied to; in November 2019, McIlwain was finally taken into custody in Rock Hill, South Carolina. By that time, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina had said he was wanted for killing a man at a Ballantyne home earlier that month.
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During their searches for him, law enforcement had warned McIlwain knew how to use guns and was to be treated as a dangerous person. He was able to avoid capture for about six months.
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