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Final suspect in 2013 Wright murder gets life

Demoncrick Hunter


     A guilty verdict was reached Friday for Whiteville area man in the 2013 murder of Lee Travis Wright near Tabor City.

     Demoncrick Hunter, 27, found guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, and robbery with a dangerous weapon, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus from 420 to 516 months in prison by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Doug Sasser.

     Lee Travis Wright, 20, of Chadbourn was killed on Oct. 8, 2013, when several men attempted a robbery at a mobile home on Shug Norris Road. A second victim was seriously injured in the gunfire.

     Co-defendant and brother of Demoncrick Hunter, Darrius Hunter, entered a plea of guilty on Nov. 27 to second degree murder and received a sentence of 192 to 243 months for his role in the 2013 murder

     Parents of Wright “eloquently and passionately addressed the court and defendant following the guilty verdicts detailing the life of their son and the impact that this incident has had on their lives,” a news release from District Attorney Jon David said.

     Detectives Jeff Nealy and Jason Soles of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Soles is now a captain leading the sheriff’s Detective Division.

     Assistant District Attorneys, Allan Adams and Chris Gentry prosecuted the case.

     For more on this story see the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.