Wright held on $30k bond for drug charges

VIDEO: Wright held on $30k bond for drug charges
Source: WCSC
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ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC) - The father of two teenagers killed in Wednesday's shooting in Holly Hill appeared before a judge Friday on unrelated drug charges.

Christopher Wright was arrested on two drug trafficking charges while being questioned by Orangeburg County Sheriff's deputies about the shooting.

SLED and the Sheriff's Office continue to investigate how Jerome Butler, Krystal Hutto, Shamekia Sanders, and Tamara Perry died.

Wright was engaged to Hutto, and he was the father to Sanders and Perry who all died.

His son, meanwhile, remains in critical condition at MUSC.

"I have five [children]... at least until a couple days ago," Wright said in court. "Those two were my daughters, and my fiancé got killed too."

Christopher Wright spoke briefly at his bond hearing in Orangeburg.

When asked how many children he had, he mentioned the tragic event that occurred on Wednesday at his home in Holly Hill.

Wright is facing two drug trafficking charges following the investigation into his loved one's deaths.

"I just want to get released, and pay it off so I can get to my funerals," Wright said. "My fiancé's funeral would have been today, but I couldn't make it."

The state presented Wright's lengthy drug history dating back to 1997. However, didn't press for a certain bond amount.

"I do have concerns about the two factors that go in to determining the setting for appropriate bond," Judge Rob Clariday, of Orangeburg County, said.

"The state, at this time, will leave the bond hearing at your discretion your honor," a Sheriff's Deputy, with the OCSO, said.

Wright was handed down a $30,000 bond; $15,000 for each drug charge.

While his family was in court, they didn't comment about the judge's decision. It appeared they were in the process of trying to bond him out Friday night.

A bond hearing for Robert Bailey, the other man arrested on drug charges, has not been scheduled.

He faces that charge along with possession of a firearm, and a traffic violation.

Orangeburg County Deputies are still looking for the person who killed the four people at that Holly Hill home.

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