GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. – A man working as a professional pianist turned himself in to authorities Wednesday to face charges in the death of a South Carolina woman found “brutally stabbed multiple times” at a home in Greer, Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis said.
Authorities found Christina Parcell, 41, dead in her home on Canebrake Drive on Oct. 13, according to WSPA-TV. On Wednesday, deputies arrested Zachary David Hughes, 29, to face charges of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, Lewis said.
At a news conference Wednesday, the sheriff said authorities were still investigating the motive behind the attack and the relationship between Hughes and Parcell. He added that the stabbing was “definitely targeted” and not random.
“Whether or not they knew each other at all is still unclear,” Lewis said, adding that investigators are still working to learn more about Hughes. “He doesn’t have a criminal history with our agency, and so we’re still working to learn more about him and why investigators believe he would commit a crime like this.
“She was certainly murdered in a very violent way.”
The sheriff described the case as “very unique.” Last month, authorities arrested two men connected to Parcell on charges unrelated to her death, WYFF reported.
Bradley Eugene Post, who applied for a marriage license earlier this year with Parcell, was arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor after deputies determined that he had produced “child sexual abuse material” on at least five separate occasions, the news station reported. John Joey Mello, who shared a child with Parcell, was arrested on suspicion of violating a child custody order after he allegedly took a child out of the country for more than 72 hours in October 2020, preventing court-ordered visitation, WYFF reported.
“It’s a very unique investigation that has led to a lot of other different things, so there certainly will be other charges coming, there could be other people involved,” Lewis said Wednesday. “If you’re talking about the actual murder, Mr. Hughes is our guy.”
The sheriff said Hughes worked as a concert pianist and traveled often for his work. On his website, Hughes said he was born in California and graduated from The Juilliard School before moving to Greenville “to create live video recordings of the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas on both modern instruments … as well as historical instruments from Beethoven’s day” in partnership with the Sigal Music Museum. Lewis said he rented a room in downtown Greenville.
Parcell is survived by “a very young daughter,” the sheriff said. Foothills Veterinary Hospital owner Dan Randall told WSPA-TV that for about three years before her death, she worked as a veterinary technician at the hospital.
“She did just a really good job of exhibiting compassion and empathy, and she was always very even-tempered, which is very helpful in this field,” he told the news station. “Not only was Christina a great veterinarian technician, she was a mom. She had a fiance and a sister here in town. … I just like people to know, she was an amazing person.”
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