A Federal Grand Jury handed up charges against Shane Dwayne Hadnot, 28, of Jasper, accusing him of selling Wright drugs that led to his death.
12News spoke with Hadnot's mother as she arrived at the Federal Courthouse Wednesday. She described the investigation into Wright's death as a "cover up." She said her son should be punished for selling drugs, but not for the death of Wright.
A cousin of Hadnot also spoke with 12News saying Wright's death was foul play, but said Hadnot had nothing to do with it.
The hearing, before Judge Giblin, was brief, lasting about two minutes, because Hadnot agreed to consent to detention until a pre-trial hearing set for September 22.
A small group of protesters, including members of the New Black Panther party, gathered outside the courthouse building before the hearing.
If convicted, Hadnot faces a minimum of 20 years in federal prison.