Details emerge in 2013 fatal downtown Macon beating

awomack@macon.comJuly 10, 2014 

A witness told police he saw a heavy-set man with a gray beard and mustache throw another man to the ground last April and kick him in the head twice.

Harold Greene, 57, was unresponsive when police arrived. He died 16 days later, prosecutor John Regan said Thursday during a hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.

Defense attorney Bobby Bearden argued during the hearing that 61-year-old Lonnie Floyd Layson, the man charged with murder in Greene’s death, should be granted a bond.

Regan said police were called about 2:40 p.m. April 4, 2013, after a witness saw the encounter near the intersection of Poplar Street and Second Street Lane in downtown Macon.

The witness said Layson told Greene, “You’re gonna pay me my money,” Regan said.

While Regan argued against a bond being set for Layson, Bearden asked for a bond of $50,000 or less.

“There’s a question as to whether or not this man died because of something Mr. Layson did or because of some prior injuries,” Bearden said.

He said medical records show Greene, who lived at the Dempsey Apartments on Cherry Street, had a plate in his head, and he wants an expert to review the records.

The judge denied bond.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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