WR man sentenced for hindering apprehension of murder suspect

PERRY — A Warner Robins man was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for hindering the apprehension of another man charged with a 2008 murder in Warner Robins, a Houston County prosecutor said.

Daymond Leroy Batts Jr., 32, was sentenced immediately by Superior Court Judge George F. Nunn Jr. after a Houston County jury convicted him on the charge of hindering the apprehension of a criminal, said District Attorney Kelly Burke. The jury deliberated about two hours over two days before reaching its verdict.

Eugene Leslie, 27, of Warner Robins, is accused of the Aug. 28, 2008, shooting death of Jason Glenn Wade, 32, a former TV videographer, in Wade’s duplex apartment on Brady Drive. Leslie’s trial on murder, aggravated assault and other related charges is pending.

The jury acquitted Batts of a tampering charge in which he had been accused of helping Leslie allegedly dispose of the gun.

The “exact disposition” of the gun was never determined, Burke said.

Batts’ harboring of Leslie, Burke said, “let a murderer stay on our streets for an additional day that he should have been in jail.”

Batts claimed he did not know Leslie had fatally shot Wade when he drove him around for a 24-hour period immediately after the slaying, Burke said. Testimony during Batts’ trial was that Leslie was buying beer and drugs as the men drove around and went to varied locations including Macon, McIntyre and McRae, Burke said.

Houston County sheriff’s investigators used cell phone records to track the men, Burke said.

Elizabeth Moore, 23, of Warner Robins, previously pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with the shooting, Burke said. Moore, who was Leslie’s girlfriend at the time of the shooting, was released from jail pending sentencing, which is expected to take place after Leslie’s trial, Burke said.

She is cooperating with authorities, Burke said.

Testimony during Batts’ trial indicated Wade was fatally shot after he allegedly told Leslie he was going to tell police that Leslie was dealing drugs, Burke said.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9557.