Bail is set for 2 of 3 suspects in latest death
The parents of a 30-year-old man stabbed to death in West Ashley earlier this month faced three suspects in bond court Friday after authorities returned two of them to Charleston from Minnesota.
Kindu Bost's father was the third Charleston police officer to lose a son to violence in the city since 2005. Pvt. Ricky Haynes wore his uniform as he addressed the court.
"This is destroying many families, not just ours," Haynes said, referring to the families whose children could be incarcerated. "We will be going through this for a long time."
Robert Magwood Jr., 27, was the son of Robert Magwood, a member of the department's fingerprinting unit. He was shot near King and Congress streets on Feb. 28, 2006; the case remains unsolved.
Ashton Coggins, 17, was the son of Sgt. Charles Coggins. He was shot several times in his car during a drug deal at a West Ashley shopping center on the night of July 16, 2005. No charges were filed in the case because police think the shooters might have acted in self-defense.
Bost was stabbed in the parking lot of the Best Western on Savannah Highway around 2:50 a.m. Dec. 8. Warrants say he was cut with a long-bladed knife after a physical confrontation but do not explain what motivated the attack.
Christopher Tray Spriggs, 17, of Moncks Corner and his mother, 34-year-old Shelly D. Greene, were arrested in Rochester, Minn., by state troopers and U.S. Marshals on Dec. 10. They arrived back in Charleston on Thursday, Spriggs charged with murder and his mother with accessory after the fact of murder.
On the same day, police arrested 17-year-old Goose Creek High School student Jessica P. Gyulai on a charge of accessory after the fact of murder.
Magistrate Linda Lombard set bail at $250,000 each on the accessory charges and no bail on the murder charge, which a circuit judge must decide. Greene's fiance and her mother attended the hearing, as did Gyulai's mother and stepfather.
Also charged with murder are Summerville residents Steven Andrew Turnage, 18, and Tyler Kent, 19.
Bost grew up in Charleston and graduated from North Charleston High School, his family said. He had served in the Army and had recently returned to the Charleston area from Kansas. He had hoped to get a job with armored vehicle manufacturer Force Protection.
His mother, Francine Bost Haynes, said her son's sisters and two children will miss him.
"This was not necessary," she said. "This was a senseless act."