Macon 16-year-old has first appearance hearing in fatal shooting

A 16-year-old Macon boy shuffled into a courtroom at the county courthouse Monday to face a judge for his first time on a murder charge.

Demarcus Smith is charged with murder and participation in criminal street gang activity in the Friday shooting death of 20-year-old Kemani Ridgeway.

During Monday’s hearing, Bibb County Superior Court Judge Howard Simms read aloud Smith’s arrest warrants.

Smith allegedly shot Ridgeway during a confrontation on Tredway Drive, near Shurling Drive, between 4 and 4:30 p.m.

He admitted to investigators that he is a member of the 7-10 gang, Simms read.

Speaking softly, Smith told the judge he doesn’t have a lawyer. He’ll be interviewed by the public defender’s office to see if he qualifies to be represented by one of their attorneys.

No one from Smith’s family attended the hearing.

Smith will be held without bond at a Regional Youth Detention Center until he gets bond or until he turns 17 and is transferred to the Bibb County jail.

A Bibb County Sheriff’s Office report released Monday details what allegedly transpired on the afternoon Ridgeway was shot:

Ridgeway’s girlfriend told deputies Ridgeway argued with three boys or men outside a vacant building in the 1900 block of Shurling Drive. Someone shot Ridgeway four times. The boys or men ran away on Tredway Drive.

The girlfriend told authorities one of the suspects was wearing a camouflage jacket and had an Afro haircut, according to the report.

Ridgeway’s girlfriend drove him to a nearby gas station and called for help.

He was pronounced dead at Medical Center, Navicent Health, about six hours later.

Smith was arrested Friday night.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.