A Bibb County judge ruled Thursday that a bond set by a magistrate last week for a 17-year-old Macon resident charged with shooting another teen in the head Christmas Eve was invalid.
Zachery Dewayne Guyton, accused of shooting 18-year-old Quintavious Hutchings in the head at a home on Antioch Road on Dec. 24, was taken into custody after the Thursday hearing.
Senior Superior Court Judge Tommy Day Wilcox set Guyton’s new bond at $50,000. He also must pay a $2,500 bond on a gun charge to be released.
Guyton, of Villa Esta Circle, previously had posted a $13,600 bond and been released from jail.
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Last week, though, prosecutors filed a motion contending that a magistrate couldn’t set a bond for Guyton because he was out of jail on bond for a burglary charge when he was accused of the shooting. Georgia law requires a Superior Court judge to determine bond amounts in that kind of situation.
Guyton’s lawyer, Arjun Kapoor, said Guyton shot Hutchings in self-defense after Hutchings brought guns into a home on Antioch Road. He said the bullet grazed Hutchings in the head.
Hutchings had been on life support at a hospital, police have said, before his condition improved and he spoke with investigators.
Kapoor said Guyton and his brother called to get help for Hutchings immediately after he was shot.
On Dec. 28, more than 20 rounds of ammunition were fired into a Houston Avenue apartment where Guyton and his brother were inside. A shot was fired toward Guyton’s father two days later. The bullet struck his car instead, Kapoor said.
Kapoor offered to bring in witnesses to testify about the violence, but Wilcox said the testimony was not necessary.
“I’m not here this morning to try the case,” Wilcox said.
Kapoor also argued that Guyton isn’t a flight risk. He has family ties in the area.
“We believe he is not a threat to the community,” he said.
Prosecutor Sara Roberts requested that a bond for Guyton -- if one was to be set -- should be high and include a curfew or requiring him to wear an ankle monitor.
She contended that Guyton was accused of shooting Hutchings a little more than a month after he was released on bond for the burglary charge.
“It’s a serious injury,” she said. “The defendant doesn’t need to be on the streets.”
After Wilcox set Guyton’s bond on the aggravated assault charge at $50,000, Kapoor requested that the bond be lowered. He said Guyton’s family lives in a “bad area of town” and that the family has a “low income.”
Wilcox said Kapoor could file a motion later for the bond to be lowered.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.