Bond set for Bibb defendants accused in shotgun slaying

jkovac@macon.comMay 30, 2012 

FORSYTH -- Two men accused in the late January shotgun slaying of a Macon man were granted bond Wednesday in Monroe County Superior Court.

Defendants Stephen Lober, 20, and Kyle Dougherty, 22, have been in jail here since early February for their alleged roles in the death of 21-year-old Trevorius Thomas.

The suspects, from Bibb County, face murder and armed robbery charges. They were eligible for bond under state law because they were not indicted within 90 days of their arrests.

Monroe prosecutors contend Lober was the triggerman. His bond was set at $750,000, and Dougherty’s was set at $250,000. Judge Bill Fears ordered the men kept under house arrest with electronic monitoring if they post bond.

Prosecutors had asked that bond be at least $1 million.

Investigators say Thomas was shot in the back Jan. 27 at an abandoned house along Zebulon Road, a few miles southwest of Bolingbroke.

Four days later, Dougherty led authorities to Thomas’ body. He told them Lober shot Thomas after the two suspects lured Thomas there to buy a pound of marijuana from them and rob him, officials have said.

Lober’s attorney, Paul Christian of Macon, suggested Wednesday that Dougherty may have been the triggerman. Christian told the judge that someone who was apparently in jail with Dougherty “reached out and contacted us” with a claim that Dougherty had made a jailhouse confession.

In court, Thomas’ father, Samuel, testified he was concerned that if Lober and Dougherty were set free until trial that someone close to his slain son might seek revenge.

Dougherty’s lawyer, Franklin J. Hogue of Macon, said talk of such threats was irrelevant at a bond hearing, adding that was a matter for police.

Hogue said later, outside of court, there was a good chance Dougherty’s family could post bond for him.

After the hearing, Samuel Thomas, wearing a T-shirt that bore his dead son’s picture above the words “Baby Boy,” seemed surprised by the day’s developments.

“I can’t see them giving a bond to somebody who said that they did this,” he said.

To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.

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