Daughter: Slaying suspect was mother’s boyfriend
Chrisshon Ford said she never saw her mother, Melinda Ford, argue with James Timothy Wright, her mother’s boyfriend who is now accused of killing her.
So she said she was horrified to hear that deputies accused Wright of shooting and killing her mother and turning the gun on himself Saturday. “It was a complete shock. It still is a complete shock,” Ford said.
Wright did not die from the self-inflicted gunshot wound. Instead, investigators said, he led deputies on a chase.
A 911 call released on Wednesday revealed that 37-year-old Ford and Wright were dating. “He shot my mama,” stated the woman who called 911, who did not identify herself by name on the call.
Nineteen-year-old Chris-shon Ford, Melinda Ford’s oldest daughter, told The Post and Courier that her younger sister, 15-year-old Kadasha Jenkins, is the one who made the call to 911. Chrisshon Ford said Jenkins was at her mother’s home on Betsy Kerrison Parkway when the shooting occurred.
Ford said her mother and Wright had been dating for about nine months.
“We took you in and treated you like family, and he did something like this,” she said.
Ford said she will be present for all of Wright’s hearings because she wants two things: justice and an answer. She said she still doesn’t know why Wright would shoot her mom.
“Nobody knows except her and him,” she said.
Melinda Ford worked as a deli clerk at Newton Farms on Freshfields Drive on Johns Island near Kiawah Island, according to her daughter. On Wednesday, Wright remained in the hospital, so a bond hearing had not been scheduled.
When deputies arrived at the house about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, they found Ford lying dead in the backyard, according to an incident report.
Deputies were told Wright 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.
Chrisshon Ford, who is one of Ford’s three children, said the funeral for her mother is scheduled for Saturday.Reach Natalie Caula at 937-5594 or Twitter.com/ncaula.