PRESTONSBURG — The McDowell man charged with murder following the shooting death of Famer Halbert last week finally appeared before a judge Thursday, dressed in prison orange via camera from the Floyd County Detention Center.
Ronald Wright, 64, of Printer, appeared no worse for wear Thursday, as he was arraigned in Floyd County District Court. Wright is currently charged with the murder of Halbert and the attempted murder of Halbert’s wife, Lorene.
Wright is only now appearing in court due to being shot in the conflict that arose with the Halberts. Lorene Halbert was also shot during the confrontation.
Wright’s wife, Loretta, appeared in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing in Floyd District Court. She is charged with attempted murder and complicity to murder, and the case against her was sent to the grand jury earlier this week.
Lorene Halbert and Loretta Wright are sisters.
Ronald Wright allegedly shot a sleeping Famer Halbert in the head while he and his wife visited the Halberts’ home. Lorene Halbert and Ronald Wright were each shot in the alleged struggle over the weapon that followed. Family members have said that the Wrights blamed the Halberts for the death of their son, Matthew, in November.
The Halberts’ seven grandchildren were in the home at the time of the shooting.
Ronald Wright is currently being lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center with bail set at $1 million. He will appear March 26 in Floyd County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing.