William Thomas Gule Jr. A jury on Wednesday convicted a Summerville man who claimed he accidentally killed the mother of his child during a fight over child custody in 2015.

William Thomas Gule Jr., a 31-year-old resident of Orangeburg Road, was found guilty on one count each of murder and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to court records.

He was sentenced to 40 years in prison with credit for time served in custody, according to court records. How much credit he received was not made available.

Gule is accused of killing Pamela Burgess, 35, on Aug. 5, 2015 at her West Ashley apartment on Braxton Avenue.

Investigators discovered that Gule and Burgess, who had a 2-year-old son together, had a problematic relationship with an unreported history of domestic violence, according to a statement by the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Testimony during this week’s trial revealed that Burgess forced Gule to move out of her apartment one month before he killed her.

After the shooting, just after 8:20 a.m., Gule called 911 and told dispatchers that he wanted to turn himself in after shooting his girlfriend at 6 a.m. that day.He later told investigators that he left the apartment […]

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