HOLLY HILL, S.C. (AP) - The father of two teenagers found dead at a home in a rural area in South Carolina has been arrested on unrelated drug charges, authorities said Thursday.
Christopher Wright, 36, was charged by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office on outstanding warrants for trafficking methamphetamines, local news media outlets reported. Officials served warrants on Wright as he was being interviewed about the shootings.
Wright is the father of 17-year-old Shamekia Sanders and 14-year-old Tamara Perry, who were found dead at a home near Holly Hill on Wednesday morning along with two adults, 28-year-old Krystal Hutto and 50-year-old Jerome Butler.
An 8-year-old boy was wounded in the shooting. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Richard Walker said in a statement that the boy was in critical condition Thursday.
Holly Hill is located about 70 miles southeast of Columbia.
Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell called it a “heinous” crime, but said officials had some evidence to indicate the shootings were an isolated incident.
“No suspects have been taken into custody, identified, nor arrested,” Walker said Thursday.
He added, “As soon as we develop a suspect, we’ll get a description out.”
Law enforcement officials did not say how the victims were related.
The Orangeburg Times and Democrat reported Thursday (https://bit.ly/1KaEBgH) that Hutto had lost her brother, mother and father in three separate car crashes.
The paper reported that two years ago, Krystal’s father, Kenneth Hutto, 44, was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Holly Hill. Her mother, Mary Jennings Hutto, 41, was killed in a car crash in 2010 in Holly Hill. And the family lost 7-year-old Christopher Hutto when a vehicle struck him in 1993 not far from their home, the paper reported.
The paper also reported that Holly Hill police said Krystal Hutto had rammed her vehicle into a police cruiser, injuring the officer, in May of 2013.
She pleaded guilty for failure to stop for a blue light involving great bodily harm and was sentenced to six years, suspended to time served; one year of house arrest; and three years of probation. She was also ordered to complete a drug-rehabilitation program, the report said.
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