A Bibb County judge has denied bond for the 73-year-old man who shot a woman to death while he was in his wheelchair at an east Macon gas station.
Superior Court Judge Howard Simms signed an order Friday after reviewing evidence from a Thursday hearing.
Evidence presented showed Frank Louis Reeves shooting 65-year-old Linda Hunnicutt outside the Murphy Express station on Gray Highway Dec. 4 was an unprovoked and violent assault that was wholly out of character, Simms reasoned.
Testimony from Reeves son that his family had begun guardianship proceedings for Reeves in November, when considered along with Reeves reaction at the gas station, shows that Reeves is unstable and unpredictable, according to the judges order.
The court finds this to be troubling and cannot, therefore, make the determination that the defendant does not pose a significant threat or danger to other persons or to the community, Simms wrote.
Reeves shot Hunnicutt once in the chest. He told police he thought Hunnicutt was trying to hit his motorized wheelchair with her car.
Reeves also told police he intended to fire his gun in the air to scare Hunnicutt, but ended up shooting her instead.
Veronica Brinson, Reeves lawyer, said she disagrees with the judges decision.
She said its common for families to seek guardianship of the elderly. Reeves family had started the proceedings because they wanted to help him.
Reeves family had no concern about my client committing a violent act, she said.
Simms also ordered that the Bibb County Sheriffs Office make accommodations to address Reeves health concerns and to ensure that he has sufficient access to his lawyer.
Reeves lawyer has said that Reeves has suffered multiple strokes.
If the issues arent addressed, bond may be reconsidered, according to the order.
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