About a week before 19-year-old Travaris Veal was fatally shot at Macon Garden Apartments last year, there had been an argument at the complex.
Two men had been at odds over a women they had both dated.
Shots were fired, and a bullet grazed someone in the head, prosecutor Sandra Matson said Thursday during a Bibb County Superior Court bond hearing for 25-year-old Karlos Middlebrooks Cornelius.
Cornelius is charged with murder in Veal’s death. A judge denied bond for Cornelius, who was arrested May 11.
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Franklin J. Hogue, Cornelius’ lawyer, said his client told deputies when he was arrested that he remembered seeing emergency vehicles pass by on Mercer University Drive as they headed toward the shooting scene March 26, 2015.
Cornelius told authorities he had been at a Flash Foods store when he saw the emergency crews speed by and that surveillance video and people from the store should back up his story, Hogue said.
Shots fired by multiple shooters sitting in a white Ford Explorer rang out March 26, 2015, at the Mercer University Drive apartment complex. The shots were aimed toward the apartment where 23-year-old Terry Brown lived. His girlfriend was on the porch holding a small child, Matson said.
Veal was shot in the shoulder and later was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Brown, who was shot in both legs, survived.
Matson said police think the shooting was in retaliation for the prior shooting at the apartments, the one from the day when Brown had argued with Johntellis Mathis, 28, about the woman they’d both dated.
The day of the argument had been “G Block Day” at the apartments, an event that involves the Blacc Team and Gangster Disciples street gangs, Matson said.
Three days after the G Block Day argument and shooting, a house where some of Cornelius’ family lived was damaged by gunfire, Matson said.
While investigating Veal’s death, authorities recovered the white Ford Explorer and traced its ownership.
A witness has said Cornelius said, “We have to report that car stolen. I got him. I had to take care of my business. … You can’t link me to that car. You’ve got to report it stolen,” Matson said.
The car’s owner, a local hotel worker, has said two people tried to pressure her to report the car as stolen and not to say who had used it, she said.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.