Man charged with murder in Econo Lodge shooting denied bond

Staff reportOctober 29, 2013 

Stephen Johnson

A man charged with murder in connection with a shooting at an Econo Lodge earlier this month was denied bond Tuesday.

Macon Judicial Circuit Judge Tripp Self denied bond for Stephen Randall Johnson, 25, in connection with the Oct. 10 shooting at the motel, located at 12003 Watson Blvd., according to an email from Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Bobbitt. The Macon Judicial Circuit includes Peach County, which is where the Econo Lodge is located.

Matthew Allen Garner, 23, of Warner Robins, was fatally shot multiple times in the chest. Another man Kenneth Robert Sharpe, 32, of Jackson, Miss., is suspected of fatally shooting Garner in a drug-related armed robbery, police said. Sharpe was found hours after the shooting in Alabama. He had been shot in the stomach and later died.

Police have not disclosed how they think Johnson was allegedly involved.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.

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