Trial in 2012 shooting of Socastee man set to begin Tuesday

troot@thesunnews.comJune 17, 2013 

Marcus Dwain Wright

— Testimony is expected to start Tuesday in the trial of a Conway man charged in connection with a 2012 shooting of a Socastee man.

Trial for Marcus Dwain Wright, 31, of Conway was to begin Tuesday morning with opening statements and witness testimony. Wright is charged with murder in the April 30, 2012, shooting death of 37-year-old Jerome Green, of Socastee. Green died from multiple gunshot wounds

Charges against Wright related to the shooting also include possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and trafficking cocaine. He was arrested May 2, 2012.

On June 4, Wright was charged after a vehicle crash and police chase. Authorities were searching for Wright based on a warrant accusing him of intimidating a witness.Wright has been in police custody since the crash and faces additional charges.

Wright is one of four people charged in Green’s death.

Wright and Lanard Centrell Powell, 30, were charged with murder in Green’s death after police found them in a hotel room near Conway. Also arrested was Qwanda Patrice Brown Caldwell, 33, of Columbia. She was found in Richland County by the State Law Enforcement Division and charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

Jacinda Elizabeth Wright, 29, of Conway, is charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

Powell, Caldwell, and Wright will be prosecuted later.

On Monday during pretrial motions, Senior Solicitor Donna Elder said Green had made a comment about drug activity and Wright before he was shot and killed.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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