A Bibb County judge has denied a request that a 73-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a woman at a Gray Highway gas station last year be granted bond and allowed to live in a Macon assisted-living facility.
Frank Reeves, who uses a wheelchair, is charged with murder in the Dec. 4, 2012, slaying of 65-year-old Linda Hunnicutt.
Reeves lawyer argued at a hearing last week that Reeves family is unable to care for him, but the county jail cant provide the help he needs. Reeves, who has suffered strokes in the past, has limited mobility and needs someone to monitor his medications.
In an order issued Friday, Superior Court Judge Howard Simms reinstated a bond order originally put in place in March which allowed Reeves to be released into the home of an adult family member who would provide 24-hour supervision. Simms added a provision Friday allowing the 24-hour supervision of an in-home care provider at a willing adult family members home.
A representative from Medical Management Health and Rehab, an assisted-living home on Cedar Avenue in Macon, testified at the July 3 hearing that 88 residents with disabilities live at the facility, including one who wears an ankle monitor because hes on probation.
The representative said the facility was willing and able to accept Reeves as a patient.
Police have said Reeves told them he thought Hunnicutt was trying to hit him with her car and he only meant to scare her when he fired his gun. Hunnicutt was shot in the chest and died.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.