Concert pianist charged with death of South Carolina pet hospital worker

A The concert pianist surrendered to authorities in South Carolina after being accused of killing a staff member at a local pet hospital.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday indicted Zachary David Hughes, 29, with murder in connection with the death of Christina Parcell. Parcell was found dead at her home on October 13 with “multiple” stab wounds, Sheriff Hobart Lewis said at a press conference Thursday. The sheriff’s office said it determined Hughes was the suspect from the neighborhood security footage.

“During the course of the investigation, investigators obtained physical evidence that linked Hughes to the murder, and yesterday afternoon Hughes surrendered to authorities at the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center,” said the sheriff’s office. Washington Examiner. “Hughes is currently being held on bail at the Greenville County Detention Center charged with murder and possession of a weapon in a violent felony.”


Hughes knew there was a warrant for his arrest when he surrendered, and he has no criminal record, according to Lewis. It is unclear whether he is linked to Parcell, but officials believe the alleged attack was “definitely targeted.”

Parcell has “a very young daughter” who is in a state of safety, the sheriff’s office said, and the hospital where Parcell worked as a staff member mourned her death.

“She will be missed by all of us more than words can express,” said Foothills Veterinary Hospital noted October 15. “She was not only our colleague, but also our dear friend.”


Hugues diploma from the Juilliard School, a New York City school specializing in the performing arts. He has performed in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan.

The investigation into Parcell’s death is still ongoing, the sheriff’s office told the Washington Examiner.

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