Woman shot to death on Johns Island identified; suspect remains hospitalized


Authorities have identified the woman who was fatally shot on Johns Island Sunday.

Melinda Ford, 37, died of a gunshot wound, according to the Charleston County Coroner’s Office.

The man facing murder charges in her death remains hospitalized, a Charleston County sheriff’s spokesman said.

Timothy Wright, 35, surrendered to a deputy about 1 a.m. Sunday at Johns Island Park, near Bozo Lane and Dunmovin Drive, bringing the end to a massive manhunt that started when police found a female’s body at a home on Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Maj. James Brady said.

Wright was charged this morning with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Wright remains in the hospital for injuries sustained before his surrender, so it wasn’t known whether they happened during the shooting or during his flight from deputies, Brady said. He’s expected to be in the hospital for the next couple of days. A bond hearing has yet to be set.

Deputies responded to a report of a shooting on Betsy Kerrison Parkway about 6:30 p.m. Saturday when and found a woman’s body. Witnesses said Wright left the scene in a white truck.

A deputy saw the truck on Bohicket Road and attempted a traffic stop but deputies say the pickup truck drove through the gates of the ball field on Dunmovin Drive and the driver ran.

Deputies spent several hours searching for Wright Saturday night with K-9 and air support, Brady said.

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