Bond set for man charged in McClellion death

Martin during bond hearing.

During a bond hearing Tuesday Judge Denise Malone set bond at $70,000 for Christopher Alexander Martin and ordered him to have no contact with the McClellion family or the Jockey Lot.

Martin, 28, of Pelzer, is charged with felony driving under the influence in connection with an incident in which a car he was driving stuck and killed Joseph Michael “Mich” McClellion, 25, on Sunday on U. S. Hwy. 29 in front of the Jockey Lot.

McClellion was struck by the car around noon as he was assisting another vehicle that had driven into a ditch in front of the business his father, Richard “Dickey” McClellion, had founded.

According to Anderson Deputy Coroner Don McCown, McCown, McClellion suffered multiple injuries and died of blunt force trauma as a result of the accident. He was declared dead approximately an hour later, at Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he was airlifted for treatment.

Also injured at the scene, though not seriously, was James Richard McClellan, whose foot was run over by Martin’s 2002 Buick. Martin, after striking McLellion, also struck a concrete barrier and the car rolled over. He suffered no serious injuries.

During Martin’s hearing Monday, Judge Malone told Martin that he faces the possibility of one to 25 years in jail if he is found guilty of the felony DUI charge.

Martin is also facing charges of possession of a controlled substance in connection with the incident Sunday.

Family members of both McClellion and Martin were present for the hearing.

Attorney Calhoun Pruitt Jr., representing the McClellion family, requested bail for Martin be set at $250,000 because of his criminal record which includes previous charges of possession of controlled substances.

Martin’s next court date will be Nov. 30 at 9 a.m.