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


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. 

The family of one of the victims, Christin Bunner, is asking the community to make donations here. 

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