The five men charged with felony murder in the shooting death of an 8-year-old boy all had brief court hearings Monday, including one held out of state.
Dennis Ray Eason, 25, of Fort Valley, appeared in Jefferson County District Court in Birmingham, Alabama. He declined to waive extradition, which means that his transport back to Georgia to face the charge against him will be delayed, said Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese.
Meanwhile, Kristian Jamal Wipfel, 19, Antonio Darrelle Garvin, 20, Jeremy Quillen Jackson, 24, and Tevin Juwan Sams, 20, all of Macon, appeared in Peach County Magistrate Court.
All indicated they would retain their own attorneys, said Leah Morris, the court’s chief deputy clerk.
Andrew Foster, a Macon attorney whom Wipfel told the judge was representing him, could not be reached for comment.
Arrest warrants issued for Wipfel, Garvin, Jackson and Sams accuse each of firing into unit 2-E of Indian Oak Apartments at 1:40 a.m. Jan. 6. Jai’mel Anderson was fatally wounded as he lay in on an air mattress in the living room of De’Jad Marquint Williams’ apartment.
Williams was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and probation violation after a search of the apartment.
More than 400 people attended the funeral for the third-grader at Westside Elementary School held Monday at Warner Robins CME Church.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.