Alleged driver in fatal Food Lion robbery indicted

A Macon man police say was the getaway driver for an armed robber who was shot and killed by police in the aisles of the Food Lion on Moody Road last month was indicted today on manslaughter and other charges, according to the Houston County district attorney.

Albert Rucker Jr., 32, of 864 Ash St., Macon, was indicted by a Houston County grand jury on charges of armed robbery, attempted murder of two police officers, burglary, kidnapping and false imprisonment of Food Lion employees, aggravated assault on peace officers and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Leon Stanford, among other charges, according to the district attorney's office.

Stanford, 38, of 266 Forest Ave., Macon, was shot by a Warner Robins police officer after he opened fire on officers who interrupted the robbery of the grocery store on the night of Jan. 16, authorities said.

Rucker was arrested in a car in the parking lot of the store at the intersection of Moody Road and Feagin Mill Road by officers who responded to a 911 call from a store employee who had been bound and held captive in the store.

The shooting was ruled justified after an internal investigation by authorities.

A news release from District Attorney Kelly Burke on today said Rucker will be arraigned on the charges of the indictment in April, with a trial expected later this summer.

Burke and Senior Assistant District Attorney Jeff Lasseter will be prosecuting this case, and Rucker will be represented by Claudia Meier of the Public Defender’s Office, according to the news release.