A young boy was on his way out the front door to catch a school bus Wednesday morning when he heard someone coming in the side door of his house.
Someone grabbed the boy after he called out, “Who’s there?,” according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office report.
A man put a gun to the boy’s head, told him to “shut up” and walked him to a back room in the house. Ulysses Pitts, the boy’s mother’s boyfriend, was in a back room of the one-story brick home on McCall Road, which runs between Jeffersonville and Recreation roads.
The gunman threw the boy in a corner and said, “I got to shoot one of y’all,” before asking where to find “the money,” according to the report.
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Pitts, 42, told the gunman that money was stowed in a shoebox in a hall closet.
After retrieving the cash, the gunman shot Pitts multiple times and struck him in the back of his head with the gun, according to the report.
Pitts, who was shot in front of two boys, ages 13 and 10, later died.
One of two men charged with murder and armed robbery in Pitts’ death stood in front of a Bibb County magistrate Monday afternoon.
Before the hearing began, 24-year-old Sherod Renardo Holston told the judge he wanted a commitment hearing -- a proceeding that includes testimony from a police officer about why a person has been charged with a crime. Holston’s hearing is set for Jan. 26.
The magistrate told Holston Monday that only a Bibb County Superior Court judge could set his bond because of the type of crimes he’s accused of committing. He is being held at the county jail without bond.
Authorities are still searching for the second man wanted in the case, 25-year-old Antwan Denard Johnson.
Although a neighbor has previously referred to the boys who witnessed the killing as Pitts’ grandsons, they were the sons of Pitts’ girlfriend, said Lt. Randy Gonzalez, a sheriff’s office public information officer.
According to the sheriff’s office report, the other boy -- the report doesn’t identify which was 10 and which was 13 -- told deputies a gunman came into the living room, grabbed him, put a gun to his head and walked him into the bedroom, threw him on the floor and asked where the money was.
The boy said they didn’t have money. The gunman said he wouldn’t shoot him and took the boy back to the living room and told him to go back to sleep, according to the report.
Deputies also spoke with the boys’ mother after she returned from taking her daughter to school. She told deputies she had locked the side door when she left.
Although the report mentions three men with guns, only two suspects were identified Friday. Investigators are following leads about a third suspect, but no additional information was available Monday, Gonzalez said.
Anyone with information about Johnson’s whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.
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