Wearing an orange jail jumpsuit and in a wheelchair, 73-year-old Frank Louis Reeves listened passively Friday about whether he should regain his freedom.
Reeves was in court Friday after violating a term of his bond, and is expected to spend the weekend in Bibb Countys jail under clarified conditions ordered Friday afternoon by Bibb County Superior Court Judge Edgar Ennis.
Ennis rejected prosecutors requests to revoke the bond.
Reeves faces a felony murder charge in the death of 65-year-old Linda Hunnicutt, who was killed at a gas station Dec. 4, 2012. Police say Reeves told them he thought Hunnicutt was trying to hit him with her car and he fired a shot to scare her.
Reeves was released on $110,200 bond Tuesday night without the required ankle monitoring bracelet. He was brought back into custody Thursday.
Ennis said Reeves should only be released from the county jail if his own attorney, Veronica Brinson, carefully points out that all preparations for his bond have been appropriately completed, including an installed ankle monitor with matching equipment to ensure he stays on house arrest. Brinsons certification must first get the approval of District Attorney David Cooke and Ennis himself, who said hell only review the certification during business hours. Cooke said it was unlikely those preparations would be completed before the weekend began.
Reeves son, Frank Dixon, said he didnt think it would be possible to complete the arrangements during business hours.
Looks like my father will be spending the weekend in jail again, Dixon said.
Dixon said Reeves wasnt much of a flight risk whod need an ankle bracelet.
A 73-year-old man who hasnt been any trouble, honestly, it doesnt seem fair, it doesnt seem warranted, Dixon said.
The owner of a monitoring company said monitoring should have been set up before Reeves was released. A lieutenant in the Bibb County Sheriffs Office testified he and a supervisor thought the monitoring could be set up after Reeves release.
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