Crime

Fourth Wings Cafe shooting suspect has first court appearance

The fourth man charged with murder in connection with the Wings Cafe shooting made his first appearance before a judge Friday.

Macon resident Markques Patterson, 29, was arrested Thursday. According to warrants, Patterson is accused of firing a gun at the Bloomfield Drive nightclub on Dec. 12 in a shootout that left at least four people wounded -- Patterson among them -- and three dead.

George Henley and Corey Hollingshed were pronounced dead shortly after the shooting, and Derrick Jackson, 38, died Thursday. Patterson was only presented with two murder charges on Friday, along with five counts of aggravated assault and a violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

District Attorney David Cooke said he had not spoken with detectives regarding any further charges related to the third death.

“All I can say is I expect that everyone will be charged with all the crimes they committed,” Cooke said.

Patterson joins Eric Watkins Jr., Vertuice Wall and Jaquez Foster in being charged with murder in the shooting.

Patterson elected to have a commitment hearing, set for Jan. 2, during Friday’s appearance and was joined by attorney Kevin Bradley.

Before exiting the courtroom at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center, Bradley pointed out that Patterson had received a gunshot wound, and Patterson said he had not been treated at the infirmary.

“He needs medical care,” Bradley said.

Magistrate Judge Barbara Harris presided over the appearance.

To contact writer Jeremy Timmerman, call 744-4331.

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