Judge sets bond on drug charges for father of children killed in Holly Hill shooting

Published: Jul. 16, 2015 at 9:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 17, 2015 at 9:50 PM EDT
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Christopher Wright (Source: Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center)
Christopher Wright (Source: Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center)

ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC) - Bond was set at $30,000 on drug charges for a 36-year-old man whose two teenage children were killed in an early-morning shooting in Holly Hill.

Christopher Wright, of Holly Hill, was in bond court on Friday.

On Thursday, the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office announced Wright's arrest on two outstanding South Carolina Law Enforcement Division warrants for trafficking methamphetamine. OCSO detectives served those warrants on Wright Thursday as they interviewed him, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff's spokesman Richard Walker.

A second man, Robert Bailey, 35, of Eutawville, was also arrested on OCSO warrants for manufacturing marijuana, possession of cocaine, and an outstanding traffic violation of driving under suspension by the SC Highway Patrol.

"These arrests are the indirect result of our extensive and ongoing investigation into this horrific incident," Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said, referring to the shooting that left four people dead and an 8-year-old boy wounded. "As I stated on Wednesday, we are not going to stop until we have any and everyone involved in custody to face this heinous crime."

The charges against the men are unrelated to Wednesday's multiple homicide that included Wright's children, Tamara Perry, 14; Shamekia Sanders, 17, Walker said.

The eight-year-old boy who was wounded remains in critical condition at a secure location, Walker said.

Investigators said the charges originated after interviewing the men during separate aspects of the extensive investigation being conducted in the Holly Hill shootings.

Bailey was taken into custody late Wednesday for questioning as detectives followed leads that led to the Eutawville man's residence where he was located with a quantity of illegal drugs, according to warrants.

The remaining relationships between 28-year-old Krystal Hutto and 50-year-old Jerome Butler have not been determined, Walker said. Along with the two teen girls, both Hutto and Butler were found shot to death at the home at approximately 7:03 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators said an enormous amount of evidence recovered at the Holly Hill residence is being processed, as is a fire-damaged Mercedes Benz believed to have been connected to the residence. That vehicle was located Wednesday morning shortly before noon approximately 15 miles from the crime scene in the Vance area, Ravenell said.

Anyone who has information on the incident or anyone involved is asked to call the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office at (803) 534-3550 or Crime Stoppers at (888) CRIME-SC.

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