Bond was reduced Thursday for a Macon man who has been jailed for 771 days awaiting trial in the shooting death of a woman on Columbus Road.
Curtis Dewayne Jackson was 18 and working on his GED when he was charged with murder in the Memorial Day 2012 slaying of 31-year-old Nettra Brooks. He’s now 21 and hasn’t met his 2-year-old child who was born while he’s been in jail, Jackson’s lawyer, Rick Waller, said during a bond hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.
“As far as we can tell, your honor, the sole evidence that exists against him is the allegation by a known drug prostitute that he was in the area sometime that evening and the allegation by another individual that he might have had some reason to commit the killing,” Waller said.
He said the second witness wouldn’t disclose why he thought Jackson had a reason to fire shots into the house, located in the 2800 block of Columbus Road, about 5 a.m.
Waller said five people are alleged to have been involved in the killing.
“My client wasn’t there, so he doesn’t know what happened,” he said.
Waller asked the judge to reduce Jackson’s bond. It was set at $100,000 last year and later was reduced to $50,000, but Jackson hasn’t been able to post that amount.
He asked that the bond be set at $15,000.
The judge ultimately lowered the amount to $40,000 and added several conditions, including a curfew, drug testing and intensive probation supervision.
Prosecutor Jimmy Daniels said several agencies have been involved in the investigation.
Both Jackson and 24-year-old Nicholas Jermaine Foster are alleged to have fired shots, he said.
Arrest warrants in the case said six people were inside the house, including Brooks.
Two witnesses identified Jackson as being involved in the shooting, one through a photo line-up and the other through “visual recognition,” according to Jackson’s warrant.
Both witnesses saw Jackson and others from different locations just before the shooting carrying long guns wrapped in T-shirts, according to the warrant.
Foster, of Poppy Avenue, was released last year on $55,200 bond, according to county jail records.
Daniels, arguing against reducing Jackson’s bond, said Jackson is serving an eight-year probation sentence for cocaine possession. He’s also been convicted of interference with government property.
Before announcing her decision, Bibb County Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin said she didn’t understand Jackson’s actions.
“He was on probation. I don’t understand not changing your environment once you’re on heightened alert,” she said.
After Colvin ruled, Jackson mentioned his not seeing his child, and the judge spent several minutes lecturing Jackson about being careful about his choices in friends.
“You have to be careful about the associations you make with people because that determines your world. Your world is colored by the people who you allow to come into it,” she said. “When you become an adult, ... you have to ask yourself, ‘What is my part in this? What did I do to bring about what I’m experiencing, because it’s really not about anybody else. It’s about the choices you make.
“What you’re doing here, standing here right now, is a consequence,” she said.
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