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Bibb grand jurors return indictment in January slaying

A Macon teen accused of gunning down a 20-year-old man in January was indicted Tuesday.

Demarcus Smith, 16, was formally charged with malice murder, felony murder and two counts of participation in criminal street gang activity.

Smith’s alleged victim, Kemani Ridgeway, was shot and killed Jan. 9. near the corner of Shurling and Tredway drives in northeast Macon. Authorities said Ridgeway and his girlfriend were in a car and that they had stopped to talk to three guys beside a vacant building. There was apparently an argument and Ridgeway was shot.

Prosecutors said Smith was a member of the 7-10 gang.

Bibb County grand jurors on Tuesday also returned indictments accusing a Macon woman of leaving her 2-year-old son in a restaurant parking lot on Mercer University Drive on Feb. 8.

Kalandra Di’Shaun Hightower, 23, is charged with first-degree cruelty to children and criminal attempt to commit a felony.

A man at Shark’s Fish and Chicken eatery found the boy crying after someone drove away without the child.

Also on Tuesday, a 61-year-old east Macon woman was indicted on two counts of child molestation and one count of cruelty to children.

According to the indictment, in 2013 Gladys Turner Bond took off a 6-year-old boy’s clothes, “placing her naked body on top of him.” In April of the following year, the indictment said, Bond allegedly fondled him.

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