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Bibb grand jury indicts man in shooting death

Bibb County grand jurors indicted a 24-year-old Macon man Tuesday on a charge that he shot a west Macon man to death in January.

Maurius Javon Durham, of Olivia Circle, is charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and two counts of armed robbery, according to a Superior Court indictment.

Durham is accused of killing 41-year-old Cornelius Baldwin in front of his home on Churchill Street on Jan. 9.

He also took Baldwin’s wallet while threatening him with a gun and stole a cell phone from a woman, according to the indictment.

Durham is being held at the Bibb County jail on $1,300 bond.

Also indicted were:

— Samuel L. Smith, 18, charged with criminal attempt to commit murder. Smith, of Hattie Drive, is accused of shooting Gregory Hughes in the neck while Hughes was inside a residence on Hall Street on Nov. 7, according to court and police records. Smith is being held at the Bibb County jail on $55,200 bond.

— Erin Deshawn Johnson, 18, is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, carrying weapons within certain school areas, loitering on school premises, and two counts of violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, according to an indictment.

A campus police officer patted down Johnson shortly before a Central High School basketball game Jan. 15 and found a loaded .380-caliber handgun in Johnson’s pocket, campus police have said. Prosecutor Garrison A. Wood said Johnson was not a student.

The counts of the indictment that allege Johnson violated the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act also maintain that he is associated with the Bottom Side Gangstas, a subset of the Crips street gang, according to court records.

Johnson, of Cliffview Road, was released from jail on $4,900 bond Jan. 29.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was used in this report.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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