A man accused of killing a Johns Island woman Saturday remains hospitalized because he shot himself before leading deputies on a chase, according to new information released today.
James Timothy Wright, 34, has been hospitalized since he surrendered to deputies about 1 a.m. Sunday. He is charged with murder in the death of Melinda Ann Ford, 37, of 3740 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, as well as possession of a weapon during the commission of violent crime.
Ford had three children, according to an obituary from Walker’s Mortuary.
It’s not clear how long Wright will remain in the hospital for a self-inflicted wound after shooting Ford at her house, Charleston County Sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady said today.
The incident report, which was released today, lists Wright’s address as the same as Ford’s.
When deputies arrived at the house about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, they found Ford lying dead in the back yard, according to the report.
Deputies were told Ford left the house in a white Nissan pickup. They spotted the truck and tried to stop it, but Wright drove through a baseball field and a fence before wrecking the truck and taking off on foot, according to the report.
He surrendered to deputies about 1 a.m. Sunday and was taken to a hospital.
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