South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services

Patrolman William Bell and Deputy Marion Wright, of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, were struck and killed on US 17A, at approximately 1800 hours, by a driver who was under the influence of prescription seizure medication. The man's license had been previously revoked due to his condition and medication.

Deputy Wright, who had just finished his shift and was en route home, stopped to assist a disabled motorist. Patrolman Bell stopped to assist Deputy Wright. As the two officers changed the flat tire on the car, the oncoming driver left the roadway, hitting both patrol cars, the disabled vehicle, and both officers, killing them both instantly.

A witness to the incident apprehended the suspect and held him until other officers arrived. The suspect was charged with felony driving under the influence. He was sentenced to two 10-year terms to run consecutively, but is eligible for parole after only 4 years.

The section of highway where the incident took place was renamed William Boland Bell and Marion Eugene Wright Highway.

Patrolman Bell had served in law enforcement for 2.5 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, five step-children, and three grandsons.

Deputy Wright had served with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department for 2 years. He is survived by his daughter.

We, the undersigned petition to Deny the Parole of Cop Killer Brian Nelson, DOC # 00292367.

The Petition to Deny Parole for Cop Killer Brian Nelson petition to South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services was written by CopKillers.org and is in the category Justice at GoPetition.