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Aiken County Inmate, 24, Found Dead in Cell on Saturday; Suspect Had Served Time After 2014 Homicide


An Aiken County inmate was found dead in his cell on Saturday afternoon.

The inmate, 24-year-old Skyler K. Wright of Aiken, was pronounced dead at the scene after deputies found him unresponsive in his cell.  Preliminary investigation indicates no foul play is suspected, Coroner Darryl Ables said in a press release.

A detention deputy was conducting a routine check when they noticed an unresponsive inmate in his cell around 2:11 pm Saturday. Detention deputies and medical staff performed life-saving measures until Aiken EMS arrived on scene, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

The inmate, who was the sole occupant of cell, was pronounced deceased. As part of procedure, SLED has been called in to conduct the investigation. He will be autopsied Monday morning in Newberry, S.C., to determine the cause and manner of death, the coroner said.

Wright has been in the jail since at least July 30 for a probation violation. He was arrested for violent crimes from a youth, including an arrest in 2014 for murder. Court records show he pleaded guilty in 2015 to assault & battery in that case and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with credit for time served, according to court records.

In the murder case, he was 18 when he was accused of stabbing 24-year-old Brennan M. Tucker during a dispute over marijuana. Wright was found hiding in a car about three blocks from the murder scene and was taken into custody, according to media reports.

The dispute between the two men that led to the stabbing involved marijuana. Wright apparently owed Tucker for a “nickel bag of weed,” police said. Wright had a pocket knife with a 2- or 3-inch blade on him when he was arrested.




Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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