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Rashon Tyreek Randolph Asbery of Santee is accused of killing Sinclair Donell Wright in Eutawville. Asbery appeared in court Wednesday.

A Santee man has turned himself in to face allegations that he shot and killed a man.

Rashon Tyreek Randolph Asbery, 35, is accused of killing Sinclair Donell Wright last Thursday in Eutawville.

Investigators have been searching for Asbery since Wright’s death. Asbery turned himself in to law enforcement late on Tuesday, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Richard Walker said.

Asbery appeared in court on Wednesday for his arraignment.

The 35-year-old man stood before Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus to face charges of murder and possession of a weapon by a person convicted of a violent felony.

Warrants allege Asbery used a handgun to shoot Wright in the head.

Asbery told the court that he’s unemployed, married and the father of three children.

He said he’s been living in Orangeburg County since he was about 10 years old.

Doremus told Asbery that a circuit court judge may consider setting bond on him at a later date.

Family members of Wright and Asbery were in the courtroom.

Victim’s advocate Alexis Guinyard told the court that Wright’s family plans to attend Asbery’s hearings concerning the case.

According to a sheriff’s office incident report, a woman told deputies that Asbery asked her for a ride to “the tracks” near the IGA in Eutawville.

The woman was headed to the area, so she allowed Asbery to drive them in her 2018 white Jeep Cherokee.

When they arrived at Forestry Road, they met Wright, who was driving a 2008 tan Ford Crown Victoria.

The woman said the vehicles drove too close to each other.

The two men stopped their vehicles in the middle of Eutaw Road and exchanged words, the report said.

Asbery opened the driver’s door. The woman said she heard a “loud boom, then a crack.”

She watched Wright fall to the ground and then she exited the vehicle.

At that point, Asbery reentered the Jeep Cherokee and sped from the scene toward Eutawville, the report said.

Another witness told deputies that she saw Wright and Asbery in the road.

She thought the vehicles had been in an accident due to the damaged front bumper on Wright’s vehicle, she told deputies.

As she neared the incident location, she heard a “loud boom” and saw the Jeep Cherokee drive past her.

She then got out of her vehicle and saw the other witness crying with Wright on the ground.

If convicted of murder, Asbery faces a life sentence in prison.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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