Family members of slain Bibb County deputy Joseph Whitehead are preparing to come to Macon for a court hearing Friday, during which one of the men charged in his death is scheduled to plead guilty.
Whiteheads mother, Delores, is planning to make the trip from her home in New Jersey.
Reached by phone Wednesday, she said other family members are trying to determine whether they can attend as well. She declined further comment.
Antron Fair is scheduled to enter a guilty plea Friday afternoon in connection with Whiteheads 2006 fatal shooting. Prosecutors have been seeking the death penalty against Fair, 27, and 26-year-old Damon Jolly, who are charged with murder in the case.
Bibb County District Attorney Greg Winters declined comment on the case Wednesday. The Bibb County Sheriffs Office referred all comment regarding the hearing to the district attorneys office, but its likely that deputies involved in the raid will attend Fridays hearing.
Messages left for Fairs lawyers were not returned Wednesday.
Whitehead died March 23, 2006, after being shot while serving a no-knock warrant at a house off Montpelier Avenue.
Fair and Jolly have been held at the Bibb County jail for more than six years awaiting trial. Prosecutors re-indicted the case in 2008, adding drug and firearms charges. The state Supreme Court has reviewed issues in the case on two separate occasions.
Jollys trial is scheduled to begin in Chatham County on Nov. 25. Attorneys are slated to discuss matters pertaining to pretrial issues in his case at another hearing Friday.
Jeff Grube, one of Jollys attorneys, said word of Fairs plan to enter a guilty plea had been circulating among jail inmates for the past week.
It doesnt change what were going to do, he said. Were getting ready for trial.
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