The lawyer representing a 24-year-old Macon man accused in an April fatal shooting alleges gunfire erupted at a gang party on east Macons Forsyth Avenue, but his client wasnt the shooter or the host of the party.
Bernard Bullard, of Tina Drive, appeared in Bibb County Superior Court on Thursday asking for a judge to reconsider his case and grant him a bond.
Bullard was charged with murder in the days after 18-year-old John Johnson III was shot in the face April 21.
Bullards lawyer, Sam Hart Jr., said prosecutors are relying primarily on one eyewitness while he has a witness who says, although Bullard was at the scene, he didnt shoot Johnson.
He denies all charges against him, Hart said of Bullard, who has no prior felony convictions.
Hart said Johnson was a known member of the Crips gang and that he and a friend went to Forsyth Avenue, where members of the Mafia gang were holding a party, to start some stuff.
Some witnesses have said between 100 and 200 people were at the party; others have said there were as few as 30.
Bullard was not one of the people throwing the party, Hart said.
Once Johnson and his friend arrived, there was some type of crossfire going on and Johnson was shot, possibly by accident, Hart said.
Bianca Nawrocki, a member of the prosecution team, said Johnson and his friend went to the party and discovered the group gathered there were not their friends.
They were getting ready to leave when Johnson was shot in the head through the windshield.
Three shots were fired, she said.
Prosecutors fear Bullard may try to intimidate their witness in the case if hes released from jail, Nawrocki said.
An eyewitness has signed a statement saying Bullard was the shooter and picked him out of a photo lineup, according to an arrest warrant.
A witness told police another man, 18-year-old Markel D. Parks of Morningside Drive, helped confront and surround Johnson and Bullard shot him.
Hart said authorities have released Johnsons car back to his family and he cant examine the car to determine the angle of the shots or how many struck the car.
Bullard has strong ties to the community, including a 2-year-old child. He suffers from nerve damage and pain from a gunshot wound he sustained a few years ago and needs treatment the jail cant provide, Hart said.
The judge denied Bullards request for bond.
Bullard was indicted Tuesday on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Charges are pending against Parks, who is not named in the indictment.
Bullard and Parks are being held at the county jail without bond, according to jail records.
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