Father of victims in Holly Hill shooting arrested on drug charges

Father of victims in Holly Hill shooting arrested on drug charges

HOLLY HILL, SC (WIS) - Authorities have arrested the father of three children involved in the shooting at a Holly Hill home Wednesday.

Christopher Wright, 36, has been charged on outstanding State Law Enforcement Division two warrants for trafficking methamphetamine. OCSO detectives served those warrants Thursday as they interviewed Wright, Richard Walker with the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office said.

Robert Bailey, 35, AKA "Pockets," was also arrested on warrants for manufacturing marijuana, possession of cocaine, and an outstanding traffic violation of driving under suspension by the SC Highway Patrol.

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.

"These arrests are the indirect result of our extensive and ongoing investigation into this horrific incident," Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. "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 two children, Alexia Perry, 14; Shamekia Sanders, 17; and an 8-year-old male who has been taken to a secure location where he remains in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound, Walker said.

Two others, Krystal Hutto, 28, and Jerome Butler, 50, were also found dead at the home.

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Butler was found dead outside the home. His family says he spent his entire life in Holly Hill and worked many years at a tire shop in town. His relatives said Butler was loyal to his family above all and just couldn't imagine that his life would end this way.

"Whenever he saw his nieces or nephews, he would just give us dollars or just like he gave everyone nicknames," niece Swanza Butler said. "My little brother, his nickname was 'Knucklehead,' and I mean he was really just a very kind person."

"Well he was an outgoing person, and he loved everybody, and like I say I never known he had any problem with getting into violence," brother-in-law Michael High said.

Butler's friends say news of his death left them heartbroken.

"Of course when I found out it was him, it was real hard for me because he was a nice guy and basically I really was in shock," friend Petronia Williams said.

Investigators are not commenting at this point on how the victims are connected.

Friends on scene said the teens are the children of Hutto's boyfriend.

A fifth person in this case, an 8-year-old child, remains in critical condition at this time.

Anyone who has information on the incident or anyone involved is asked to call the OCSO at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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