Robins airman accused in deadly shooting faces hearing

WARNER ROBINS -- Robins Air Force Base officials were at the Houston County Courthouse on Wednesday for the military version of a grand jury hearing.

The Article 32 hearing was held in relation to allegations that Senior Airman Steven Holsey shot and killed a man outside of the Whiskey River nightclub in Macon almost a year ago.

Holsey, 23, was originally arrested by Macon police and charged with murder in the shooting death of Anthony Harris Jr., 20, in the club’s parking lot July 29. Police said a fight inside the club spilled into the parking lot.

The case was later transferred to military jurisdiction, said base spokeswoman Chrissy Miner. The Article 32 hearing was held at the courthouse because Holsey is being held at the Houston County jail adjacent to the courthouse.

The hearing began Wednesday and may go into Thursday. Witnesses in the case will testify, Miner said, with the defense allowed to cross-examine the witnesses. A report of the hearing will be compiled and provided to Col. Mitchel Butikofer, commander of the 78th Air Base Wing. Butikofer will then determine how to proceed with the case, with the most serious option being to refer it to a general court-martial.

Miner said it could be a few weeks before the report on the hearing is completed and a decision is made.

Miner said Butikofer can decide to proceed as a special court-martial to be held at Robins, which would typically be for less serious cases, or he could declare a general court-martial, which would make it the equivalent of a felony case.

Under a general court-martial, the case would go to Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and would be handled under the new central command for the three maintenance depots.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.