A 37-year-old Macon man was charged with attempted murder Thursday, bringing the number of people in custody in the July 5 Zodiac Lounge shooting to seven.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Percy Welch Jr. on Thursday morning at his apartment on Mercer University Drive.
Until Thursday, Welchs name had not been on the list of suspects released by police in the shooting, in which a Macon teen was killed and three people were injured. A detective obtained a warrant for Welchs arrest Wednesday.
Video surveillance captured images of Welch participating in the group beating of 21-year-old Deion Davis inside the downtown club, according to arrest warrants released Thursday.
Like the six other people arrested in the case, the arrest warrants allege that Welch is a member of the Mafia street gang. In addition to the attempted murder charge, he is accused of criminal participation in street gang activity and a parole violation.
During a Magistrate Court hearing Thursday, a Macon police detective testified that 27-year-old Miranda Victoria Pettiway drove Andre Maurice Bonner, 30, and John Michael Hollingshed, 27, to a hospital after the early morning shooting.
Detective Sean McCulley said Pettiway told police July 5 that she drove Bonner and Hollingshed in her Chevrolet Tahoe. The vehicle was damaged by gunfire.
She didnt know Bonner had been shot in the neck until after shed started driving away, he said.
Pettiway was charged with murder, attempted murder and criminal participation in street gang activity in the days after the shooting.
Hollingshed allegedly shot Davis eight times after the group beating inside the club. He then handed a gun to Bonner, who shot 17-year-old Jamonni Bland five times, according to arrest warrants in the case.
Bland died. Davis survived.
Brett Steger, Pettiways lawyer, argued that the charges against Pettiway should be dismissed. Her only involvement was driving the men to a hospital.
Pettiway didnt take part in the group beating of Davis or the shootings, McCulley said, but her actions do make her a party to the crimes that others allegedly committed.
Magistrate Cedric Leslie ruled that enough probable cause existed for the case against Pettiway to continue to Bibb County Superior Court.
After the hearing, Steger said he and Pettiway were disappointed by the judges ruling.
Shes been in the jail for the last two weeks and will continue to be in the jail simply for driving someone to the hospital, he said.
Hollingshed and Bonner, like Pettiway, are charged with murder, attempted murder and criminal participation in street gang activity. They are being held at the county jail without bond.
Moments after Pettiway was led from the courtroom, Johnifer Dernard Barnwell, 27, stood before the judge and asked for a commitment hearing, a time when police testify about why a person has been arrested.
A short spat ensued between Barnwell and the judge. He was led from the courtroom without discussion of whether a bond could be set in his case. As a matter of law, only a Superior Court judge can set bond for Barnwell, who is charged with attempted murder and criminal participation in street gang activity.
Barnwell was arrested Wednesday at a house in east Macon.
Arrest warrants say surveillance cameras recorded video of Barnwell participating in the beating of Davis at the club, then leaving and returning with Hollingshed with a gun.
Arthur Thomas Freeman III, 27, and Kiyo Latrice Johnson, 30, also are charged with attempted murder and criminal participation in street gang activity. Charges were dismissed against Jarrett Durand Taylor, 27, and he was released from jail July 19.
Authorities are still searching for 29-year-old Jimmy Scott III in the shooting. Anyone with information about the shooting or Scotts whereabouts is asked to call police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 877-68-CRIME.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.