Georgia Supreme Court to hear Bibb murder appeal

mstucka@macon.comJanuary 2, 2014 

Anthony Bonner

A lawyer for a man convicted of a 2004 Bibb County murder will take his case to the Georgia Supreme Court next week.

That case is one of two from Middle Georgia that will be heard by the court.

Kenneth Perkins was shot six times and lived, while another man, Terry Adams, was killed. Perkins couldn’t initially identify his assailants through a photo lineup, but he identified Anthony Bonner during a bond hearing. Bonner was convicted and sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and theft by receiving.

Perkins said three armed men approached him and Adams on Aug. 6, 2004, off Pineland Trail in Macon.

According to a Georgia Supreme Court summary of the case, Bonner’s attorneys admit the jury properly convicted Bonner of involvement in the theft of Adams’ red Corvette. But prosecutors admit they erred in asking a Macon police lieutenant about Bonner’s prior arrest for assault with a firearm. Bonner’s new attorneys say that should have been immediate grounds for requesting a mistrial.

According to the court summary, prosecutors have been arguing there was plenty of other evidence tying Bonner to the murder, including “his identification by the surviving victim of the shootings, his statements incriminating himself in the murder and shooting, his detailed knowledge of the crime, and his connection with the car used by the assailants through fingerprint evidence and the statements and testimony of witnesses. Given the amount of evidence against (Bonner), it is highly probable that the error did not contribute to the verdict.”

Bonner is represented now by attorney Tamika Fluker of McDonough. Attorneys for the prosecution include Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke and Attorney General Samuel Olens.

Bonner’s case is scheduled to be argued in a 10 a.m. session Monday. In a separate 10 a.m. session Tuesday, a convoluted case with Bibb County ties will be heard.

Several anesthesiologists sued The Medical Center of Central Georgia and other doctors after they made allegations of fraudulent billing through their practice. The hospital launched its own anesthesiology department and invited the old doctors to apply. None of the people who had alleged fraud was offered jobs, though one, Dr. Angel Cancel, declined to accept even an interview.

Cancel was dropped from the court case and appealed. Parts of the remaining case were continued, and defendants also appealed. The Georgia Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether those appeals were filed in time.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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