Deputies led Frederick Lydell Johnson Jr. into a Bibb County jail courtroom several minutes after the dozen or so other inmates who were set to see a judge Thursday.
He sat on the front row while the magistrate explained the list of rights afforded him and the others wearing orange jail jumpsuits.
Looking forward, his eyes were swollen, and a bandage was stuck to the inside of his right forearm.
Johnson, 29, surrendered to Bibb County deputies Tuesday, about 12 hours after he allegedly shot to death 34-year-old Tyrell Jordan at Sandy Springs Apartments on Bloomfield Drive.
He is charged with murder, criminal trespass and simple battery family violence, along with a probation violation.
A witness reportedly saw Johnson and Jordan fight early Tuesday morning and hid in a bathroom before Johnson is alleged to have shot Jordan, according to an arrest warrant.
Jordan died about five hours after the shooting at the Medical Center, Navicent Health, where he had surgery.
Johnson had been scheduled to go to court Wednesday, but his hearing was postponed because he was taken to the hospital after being involved in a fight at the jail.
Deputies have said Johnson wasn’t seriously injured, and no other injuries were reported. The fight still is being investigated to determine which inmates were involved and what prompted it.
Because Johnson is charged with murder, only a Superior Court judge can set his bond. He’ll be held at the county jail without bond until a lawyer files a motion on his behalf to spur a judge to consider his bond.
Anyone with information about the killing is asked to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.