Pelzer mother pleads for accused killer to surrender


PELZER, SC (WSPA) – Anderson Co. Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man accused of murder in Pelzer.

Todd Hampton Wingard, 31, of Donalds, has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

He has been described as a white man, who stands approximately 5’11” tall and weighs about 158 pounds, according to deputies. 

He has been accused of shooting Brady Michael Blymiller, 27, of Pelzer.

Deputies said they were called for a shooting on Oct. 19 at about 10 p.m. to a home on Green St. in Pelzer.

They found Blymiller unresponsive with a gunshot wound.

Blymiller’s mother, Delbi Bedford, sat down with 7News Wednesday, five days since her son’s murder.

Bedford said her son had a ‘heart of gold’ and had moved back home recently to be closer to family.

Bedford said her son was doing well.

“But had met some people around here that weren’t the best,” said Bedford.

Bedford said her son had gone to a house on Green Street in Pelzer to retrieve an item that had been stolen from his girlfriend.

Laurens Co. deputies said an altercation started and Blymiller was shot.

Bedford said witnesses have told her “my son died within two minutes. My son’s last words were ‘call my mama, please.'”

Now she has a message to her son’s accused killer who remains on the run.

“It’s going to be in his best interest that the cops find him before any of Brady’s friends or family members do. The death penalty’s too good for him,” said Bedford.

“He shot and killed my son in cold blood, who he did not know, who’s to say he won’t do it to another,” Bedford said. 

Bedford’s pointed words to Wingard reveal only one part of the emotions she’s dealing with these days.

“I can’t go backwards. All I have right now of my son is a jar of gravel with my son’s blood staining it. That’s all I have,” she said.  

If you have any information, contact Detective Brad Coker with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Investigations Unit at 864-260-4400.

In a press release from the Anderson Co. Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Chad McBride said investigators believe Wingard is still in the Upstate and said he may be armed and dangerous.

Investigators said anyone who sees Wingate should not approach him and to call 911. 

A fundraising page has been set up to help Blymiller’s family with funeral costs. Click here for more information.  

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