A Bibb County judge denied a request to reduce the $100,000 bond set for a man charged in the 2011 slaying of a man at Wings Café on Bloomfield Drive.
Akobeyan Howard, 20, of Culver Street, has been jailed since Jan. 16, 2013, in the shooting death of 35-year-old Alfred Smith.
Smith was found shot multiple times outside Wings Café, 2822 Bloomfield Drive, at about 2 a.m. on July 25, 2011. He was inside his silver Nissan Maxima with the engine running and the front passenger window shot out.
An off-duty police officer working at the restaurant heard the shots at the far end of the parking lot. Smith was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.
Prosecutor Jimmy Daniels argued that Howard is a documented member of Macons Mafia gang and that the shooting was related to a rival gang situation and a dispute that occurred a week prior to the shooting.
Howards lawyer, Floyd Buford, said Howards family hasnt been able to post his bond.
This gentleman has been sitting over here for seven months, Buford said during a Bibb County Superior Court hearing at the Bibb County jail Thursday. He needs to get out to help his lawyer investigate the case.
Buford said Howard, who was 19 at the time of the shooting, has a ninth-grade education and has worked in construction.
Howard is the second man charged in Smiths death. Martin Kintray Kendall, 30, of Kingsbury Drive, also is charged with murder in the case. He is being held at a state probation detention center, according to jail records.
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