Man accused in beating death found guilty of murder

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Officials with the Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office said a man accused of beating another man to death was found guilty of murder Tuesday.

According to a release from Solicitor Scarlett Wilson's office, a Charleston County jury found 43-year-old Robert Wright guilty of Murder.

Wright was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

According to police, Wright kicked and punched 46-year-old Christopher Jenkins several times back in June of 2010.

Jenkins didn't go to the hospital for his injuries and was found unresponsive in his home.

According to the release from the Solicitor's Office, Wright's mother had just broken up with Jenkins but he continued to have contact with the family. Prosecutors said Wright attacked Jenkins on the street by coming up behind him and throwing him down to the pavement, punching him and stomping him several times.

Jenkins walked back home and was taken care of by his mother until his condition worsened a couple of days later and EMS was called to his home. Jenkins died shortly after they arrived.

Forensic Pathologist Dr. Nicholas Batalis testified that the cause of death was injuries sustained during his attack. He said Jenkins had "a straight line break of 10 ribs" that caused internal bleeding.

"It was clear from the evidence that Christopher Jenkins died as a result of a violent, malicious attack, and I'm happy that this jury correctly applied the law of this State and convicted Mr. Wright accordingly," said Assistant Solicitor Chad Simpson.

This was the second time the case had gone to trial. In 2012, a previous jury failed to reach a verdict on this case, so a mistrial was declared.

"This case has been a very long and painful journey for the Jenkins family," Simpson said, "so after a four year ordeal, I sincerely hope this verdict gives them some of the closure that they deserve."