Man accused of stealing Port Royal firetruck waives right to bond hearing

pdonohue@beaufortgazette.comMarch 2, 2012 

nwsHUNT0303sw02

Kalvin Hunt, 26, of Sumter is brought into court for a bond hearing Friday morning at the Beaufort County Courthouse. Hunt is accused of stealing a Port Royal firetruck and killing a pedestrian in an incident last Friday.

SARAH WELLIVER, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Get breaking news and story updates about crime, courts and emergency services in northern Beaufort County by following Protect and Serve on Twitter.

A Beaufort County jail guard wheeled Kalvin Hunt into the courtroom for a bond hearing Friday, a week after he allegedly stole a Port Royal firetruck and took it for a nearly 3-mile ride that left six smashed vehicles and one man dead.

The 26-year-old Marine wore a dark-green anti-suicide vest -- a tear-resistant garment sometimes worn to prevent hospital patients and inmates from using their own clothing to hang themselves.

Hunt will be in jail for a while.

Duffie Stone, 14th Circuit solicitor, described the allegations against him Friday before Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen. The S.C. Highway Patrol has charged him with murder in the death of 28-year-old pedestrian Justin Miller of Port Royal. Stone recommended bond be denied.

Hunt's public defender, Trasi Campbell, said her client was under "pretty serious medication" but understood the charges against him and waived his right to a bond hearing.

Hunt is accused of stealing the firetruck Feb. 24, smashing into six vehicles and killing Miller, who was walking with his brother along Ribaut Road.

Hunt's relatives, including his sister, attended the hearing but declined to speak to reporters.

In a separate hearing Friday, a Beaufort County magistrate set Hunt's bond at $500,000 on 10 other charges related to the crash, including six counts of hit-and-run with injuries and one count of grand larceny for stealing the firetruck while emergency crews tended to a medical call at Laurel Hill apartments. He also faces two counts of resisting arrest and one count of assault.

Stone said it was in the community's best interest that Hunt remain in jail.

"Given the circumstances of this crime, I can't imagine a bigger flight risk or a greater threat to the community," Stone said.

Authorities also revealed that Hunt had a 2003 conviction in Sumter for shoplifting. He also has an April court martial that led him to receive a bad-conduct discharge from the Marine Corps.

Navy officials have declined to elaborate on the incident that led to the court martial because his case remains under appeal.

Hunt was silent during his 10-minute appearance before Mullen. He glanced briefly toward his relatives seated three rows behind the defense table before being wheeled out of the courtroom and back to jail.

Follow reporter Patrick Donohue at twitter.com/ProtectServeBft.

Related content

  1. Port Royal firetruck-theft suspect convicted of assault last April by court martial, March 1, 2012
  2. Man accused of joyride in stolen Port Royal firetruck hit with murder charge, Feb. 28, 2012
  3. Man who stole Port Royal fire truck had fled Navy Hospital, Feb. 27, 2012
  4. Nude man steals Port Royal fire truck, kills pedestrian, Feb. 24, 2012
  5. Police identify suspect, victim in deadly Port Royal fire engine theft, Feb. 25, 2012

The Island Packet is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service