The lawyer representing Andre Maurice Bonner, the man accused of fatally shooting a teenager at Macons Zodiac Lounge, argued in court Wednesday that Bonner has been charged with murder in a case of mistaken identity.
Bonner, 30, and 27-year-old John Michael Hollingshed are similar in height and weight, attorney Melvin Raines said.
Standing in front of a Bibb County magistrate, Raines showed the judge whats left of the wound where Bonner was shot in the neck. He also was shot in the shoulder.
Generally, someone is shot in the neck while trying to get away, Raines said.
Macon police detective Sean McCulley testified during the hearing that a witness saw Bonner pull the trigger, shooting 17-year-old Jamonni Bland at the club, located at the Riverview Event Center in downtown Macon. Bland died of his wounds.
Surveillance video from the club July 5 shows Bonner, 30-year-old Kiyo Latrice Johnson and others participating in a group beating of 21-year-old Deion Davis before the shooting began, McCulley said during hearings for Bonner and Johnson.
Johnson is shown throwing a beer bottle that struck Davis in the head and later walking back and forth, talking with her alleged fellow gang members before the shooting began. Then a group of people moved to cut off Davis route to the door.
Johnson left the club just before the first shot was fired, McCulley testified.
During a commitment hearing Monday for Arthur Thomas Freeman III, 27, McCulley testified that a fight between Freeman and Davis sparked the chain of events that led to Davis getting shot multiple times and Blands death.
Davis, 21, was allegedly shot by Hollingshed. Hollingshed then passed the gun to Bonner, who allegedly shot Bland.
Arrest warrants said that Freeman, Hollingshed, Bonner, Johnson and three other people involved in the violence at the club are members of Macons Mafia street gang.
Answering questions posed by Raines, McCulley said police have interviewed Davis, but they have not asked him if Bonner participated in his beating.
Police retrieved shell casings of two different calibers from inside the club and the parking deck. No shell casings were found in the alleged getaway car used by Bonner and Hollingshed, although the car was damaged by gunfire, the detective testified.
Asked whether Bonners hands and clothing were tested for gunpowder residue, McCulley said the GBI wont test someone who has been shot.
Magistrate Barbara Harris ruled Wednesday that there is enough evidence to move the cases against Bonner and Johnson to Superior Court.
Both are charged with attempted murder and participation in criminal street gang activity. Bonner also is charged with murder.
Eight people have been charged in the incident. One of those eight is still at large.
Police still are searching for 29-year-old Jimmy Scott III, who is wanted on charges of attempted murder and criminal participation in street gang activity.
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.