Trial begins in fatal shooting near Central High School

A Bibb County jury heard opening statements Wednesday in the trial of a 22-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a teenager near Central High School in 2007.

Gerald McIntosh, 22, of Atlanta, is charged with malice murder and felony murder in the Aug. 7, 2007, death of 17-year-old Antwan Brown on Feb Avenue, about a block away from Central High. Brown was shot multiple times.

Two Macon men — 20-year-old Raymon Thompson and 28-year-old Nicholas Reynolds — initially were charged with murder in connection with Brown’s death. Both have pleaded guilty to making false statements to police and have been sentenced to serve five years in prison, prosecutor Dorothy Hull said.

Thompson and Reynolds are scheduled to testify in McIntosh’s trial.

Thompson previously has testified he was driving McIntosh’s car when McIntosh shot Brown multiple times.

Reynolds is expected to testify that he was in the back seat and that McIntosh wanted revenge against Brown, Hull said.

McIntosh’s lawyer, Ted Johnson, said Thompson and Reynolds have lied about their participation in the killing.

“The evidence is being tied together and glued together by a pattern of lies,” he told the jury.

Johnson said no DNA evidence will be presented at trial linking McIntosh to the killing. There’s also no evidence about the gun.

Hull said Brown was walking down Feb Avenue, a short street off Holt Avenue, about 9:30 p.m. while talking on a cell phone.

The three men drove by and McIntosh fired several shots from the front passenger window, she said. Brown died at the scene.

Testimony in the trial is scheduled to begin today.

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

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