Johns Island murder suspect to be released from hospital

Published: Feb. 22, 2013 at 8:27 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 22, 2013 at 10:09 PM EST
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The suspect, Wright, and the victim, Ford.
The suspect, Wright, and the victim, Ford.

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says a Johns Island murder suspect from North Charleston is expected to be released from the hospital on Friday.

Timothy Wright, 34, was arrested early Sunday morning, several hours after authorities say he shot and killed 37-year-old Melinda Ford at a home on Betsy Kerrison Parkway.

Wright was in the hospital after he shot himself following the altercation with Ford, according to sheriff's office spokesman Major Jim Brady.

Last Saturday, Ford's oldest daughter came home from work to find her mother shot to death in the family's backyard.

"I thought I heard her breathing and I thought she would have recovered from it," said Ford's 19-year-old daughter Chrisshon.

But no matter how much pressure she put on the bullet wounds and how many compressions she did at the dispatcher's request, her mother wasn't coming back.

"I was shocked," says Chrisshon.

After hearing that Wright was arrested and suspected of shooting her mother, Chrisshon didn't know what to think.

"The way he seemed around us, he didn't seem like that type of person at all," she said.

Deputies responded to Ford's home around 6:30 p.m. Saturday after receiving multiple calls to 911. When they showed up, deputies found Ford a few steps away from her back porch, lying on the ground.

Neighbors told investigators Wright had fled the area in a white truck. When a responding officer tried to pull over a suspect truck along Bohicket Road, the truck fled through the gates of the ball field off of Dunmovin Road, investigators say. Wright then allegedly fled on foot.

He was later caught around 1 a.m.

Deputies, K-9 and helicopters were involved in the search for Wright.

Wright is charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

He is expected to appear in court for a bond hearing on Sunday morning.

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