Bond denied for 16-year-old charged in Bibb County murder

Bond was denied Thursday for a 16-year-old Macon boy charged in the Jan. 9 fatal shooting of a man in east Macon.

Demarcus M. Smith, a 10th grader at Northeast High School, was led into a courtroom at the Bibb County jail handcuffed, wearing a Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice-issued denim jumpsuit.

His lawyer, Mike Randolph, told the judge that Smith's family influenced him to turned himself in to authorities.

That act is speaks to his family's ability to help him stay out of trouble if he was released on bond, Randolph said.

"He has that type of family support," he said.

Smith is accused in the shooting of 20-year-old Kemani Ridgeway after an argument on Tredway Drive, near Shurling Drive, between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Jan. 9.

The argument involved Ridgeway and three boys or men, according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office report.

Ridgeway was shot four times and died about six hours later at a local hospital.

Prosecutor Jimmy Daniels said from a preliminary review "this doesn't seem like a typical case of a gang rivalry."

Witnesses have identified Smith as the person who shot Ridgeway. Smith later confessed to being the shooter and belonging to the 7-10 street gang, Daniels said.

He is charged with murder and participation in criminal street gang activity.

Smith will be held at a youth detention center until he's granted bond, his case goes to trial or he turns 17. The county jail begins accepting inmates at age 17.

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