Murder suspect appears in court, bond denied

The Moncks Corner home where Johnny Irby shot and killed his son (WCIV)

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) - Murder suspect Johnny Lee Irby appeared before a magistrate Friday for the first time since Thursday night's incident in Moncks Corner.

Because of the murder charge against Irby, the magistrate could not set bond.

None of Irby's family members showed up for the hearing.

On Thursday night, Moncks Corner Police say a family argument turned fatal when a father shot and killed his own son. It happened on Haynesville Road around 8:15 p.m.

"When the officers got there they found one person dead and another who had been shot and had already been transported down to the Medical University," said Lt. Michael Roach of the Moncks Corner Police Department during a press conference Friday morning.

Lt. Roach said 35-year-old Telly Irby was shot in the stomach, and did not survive. Michelle Wiggins, 32, remains in stable condition at MUSC after being shot in the chest.

Suspect Johnny Irby's brother, Gene Irby, said he called 911 after witnessing the whole incident from the front yard.

"It was like a nightmare and right now it's going to be very long for this to leave me," Gene Irby said. "It was just like a nightmare, like a dream, but it's not; it was for real."

"Brother went off into the room, got his firearm, and came back and shot him," Gene Irby said.

Gene Irby said the father and son were fighting over Telly having to move out of the house, and things got heated after Telly hit his father in the head.

"The actual argument was over respect, maybe, he hit his daddy," Gene Irby said.

Lt. Roach of the Moncks Corner Police Department said when police arrived at the home, Johnny Irby did not resist arrest.

"He does not deny shooting the victims," Lt. Roach said. "He made several voluntary admissions to the shooting."

Officials said Michelle Wiggins' three young kids were also in the house during the crime. Gene Irby said the three kids are currently staying with their grandmother in Sumter County and will return to their mother when she is released from MUSC.

"The kids were inside and when they came out I think that was kind of hysterical to them to see him lying down and to find out that your mommy has been shot," Gene Irby said.