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Bond set for man charged in MMA fighter's death

Posted at 5:19 PM, May 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 05:00:16-04

UPDATE: A judge on Sunday set a $450,000 bond for Dennis Wright, who was arrested in connection with the hit-and-run crash that killed MMA fighter Jordan Parsons.

Wright's attorney spoke after the hearing.

"There's a lot of facts that haven't been established yet and the justice system really does have to take its course," said attorney Robert Resnick.

He says he hopes to get his client's bond reduced.

EARLIER STORY:

The Delray Beach police have arrested a man after a fatal crash killed 25-year-old MMA fighter Jordan Parsons last Sunday. 

Investigators say Dennis Wright, whose license has been suspended six times, was driving his mother's Range Rover south on Federal Highway at Lindell Boulevard shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday when he hit Parsons, who was in a crosswalk. 

Parsons suffered a serious leg injury and was transported to Delray Medical Center where he died three days later  from injuries sustained in the crash.

According to officials, Wright did not stop after hitting Parsons, neither did his friends driving behind him in their Mercedes.

The grey 2013 Range Rover Sport that Wright was driving was recovered Friday after an anonymous tipster gave investigators Wright's name. 

Officials say Wright made an effort to have the damaged vehicle repaired at a local shop, but the owner refused to do the work. Wright rented a bay at a storage facility and hid the SUV. 

According to investigators, the vehicle was missing the driver's side mirror officers had recovered at the scene.

Wright arrived at the Delray Beach Police Department Saturday afternoon with his attorney. He faces multiple charges including leaving the scene of a crash causing death, driving while license suspended as a habitual offender and tampering with evidence. His criminal history includes two arrests for DUI, disorderly intoxication, marijuana possession and assault on an officer or firefighter.

Witnesses told investigators that Wright was at Buddha Sky Bar on East Atlantic Avenue Saturday night with friends.

The crash investigation is ongoing.