Bond denied for murder suspects after 2 bodies found at Spartanburg home

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Two suspects charged in connection to bodies found buried at a home in Spartanburg County were denied bond on Saturday. 

On Friday, a tip led investigators to the 100 block of Williams Street in Spartanburg where they discovered two bodies buried in the backyard of a home. 

After numerous tips, investigators arrested Jonathan Galligan at a convenience store on Saturday. 

Detectives say shortly after Galligan’s arrest they detained a second suspect, 41-year-old Christian Hurlburt.

Both men are charged with murder and accessory after the fact. Hurlburt is also charged with unlawful possession of a pistol by a convicted felon.

Detectives say it all started when they responded to a disturbance call Wednesday night at Little Man’s Towing on Howard Street. They say Hurlburt came out of the trailer on the property with a gun and shot himself in front of deputies. 

He was given aid on the scene and later taken to the hospital. 

On Thursday morning, Hurlburt asked to speak with investigators. He told detectives Galligan killed 27-year-old Christin Bunner in December, the same month she was reported missing by her family. 

Bunner and Galligan were in a relationship, according to detectives. 

Hurlburt told investigators he helped Galligan bury the body at the home on Williams Street. Detectives say Galligan lived there at one point. 

“This man took my daughter,” said Bunner’s mother at a bond hearing. “She has been missing since December the 16th. Not only did he murder her, but he also tried to bury her.” 

On Friday, Galligan was questioned by investigators. He was turned loose due to lack of evidence to hold him in custody.

When detectives requestioned Hurlburt he confessed there was a second body buried on the property. 

Forensic teams and cadaver dogs searched the property and made the gruesome discovery. 

“The dogs indicated in two areas,” Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said. “We went to those two areas and were able to find human remains.” 

Hurlburt told detectives he didn’t know the victim, but says he killed her in January. He says Galligan helped him bury the body. 

The coroner identified the second victim as 40-year-old Melissa Rhymer. 

“If these people took their lives justice needs to be served for both of them,” one of Bunner’s family members said at a bond hearing. 

Detectives say they have yet to determine a motive for the murders. They have no reason to believe there are more victims or suspects. 

The case is ongoing. 

The coroner says autopsies were completed on Saturday, but results are still pending. 


Original article below:

Deputies have arrested two people in connection with the deaths of two women found buried on a property in Spartanburg County.

39-year-old Jonathan Galligan, also known as “Stretch,” and 41-year-old Christian Daniel Hurlburt have both been arrested and charged with Murder and Accessory After the Fact of a Felony. Hurlburt is also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Pistol by a Convicted Felon.

According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to a disturbance at Little Man’s Towing on Howard Street Wednesday night around 8:00pm.

There, deputies say they found a man who would not comply with commands and eventually pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head in front of deputies.

That man, later identified as Hurlburt, told deputies Thursday at the hospital that he had witnessed Galligan kill Christin Brunner at the towing company and later helped him bury Brunner behind a house at the 100 block of Williams Street.

27-year-old Christin Renee Bunner was reported missing in December 2018 and deputies say they were told that Galligan was Bunner’s boyfriend.

Investigators say they checked the property Thursday night but were unable to find the burial site so investigators returned to the scene Friday morning to search with cadaver dogs in the daylight.

Deputies say they brought Galligan in to interview him in for the case Friday morning but due to a lack of evidence at the time they were forced to release him.

When deputies returned to the hospital to interview Hurlburt, he repeated the information he gave deputies and also confessed that there was a second woman buried at the Williams Street property.

Hurlburt told deputies that he did not know her name but had killed her at the towing company on Howard Street in January 2019 and that he and Galligan buried her near Bunner.

Investigators say Hurlburt gave a more specific location of the graves and both bodies were recovered Friday afternoon.

The second victim was later identified with finger prints as 40-year-old Melissa Fairlee Rhymer of Mountville, South Carolina.

Deputies say Rhymer was not listed as a missing person by any law enforcement agency.

Galligan was arrested Saturday afternoon after he was spotted by a convenience store clerk, according to the sheriff’s office.

Hurlburt was released from the hospital Saturday afternoon, shortly after Galligan was taken into custody.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is continuing into the two homicides and that they don’t yet have a motive for either. Investigators say they do not have any evidence that there are any other victims or additional suspects.

Both Galligan and Hurlburt were denied bond during a hearing Saturday evening.

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