The official version of the Macon Wal-Mart vandalism incident is in dispute according to Melvin Raines II, attorney for Kharron Green.
“This is nothing more than an act of teen mischief,” he said.
Green, 17, was the first teen charged in connection with the June 28 rampage. Investigators said Thursday they suspected 88 people to be involved.
Early police reports and surveillance footage pointed to Green as leading the charging mob, which caused an estimated $2,000 worth of damage when the group rushed the store, tearing items from shelves.
A Wal-Mart employee was quoted in the initial report from authorities that Green said “this was a planned event ... to see how much damage they could cause.”
Raines said Green’s alleged quote is definitely one of the things in dispute. He said there’s a “180 degree variance” in the original police and news reports compared to what actually happened.
“To my understanding, there was never a plan to go to Wal-Mart and cause the destruction that was shown on the news,” he said.
According to Raines, the destructive ruckus at the Zebulon Road Wal-Mart happened spontaneously after a party on the south side of Macon was broken up.
Some of the teens overflowed from the party and arranged to go to a movie theater on Zebulon, he said. From there, Raines said the teens fed “off each other’s energy” and described the circumstance as a bunch of estrogen and testosterone out of control.
There is no way Green could’ve conjured up 70 people on his own, he said.
“The reason why (Green) was caught is because he was helping the employees put the items back on the shelves and clean up,” Raines said. “He went back looking for his phone and when he went outside that’s when members of the Macon-Bibb police department apprehended him.”
Raines also disputed the accounts that Green threw up a gang sign during the incident. He said his client signed a ‘W’ for Westside High School, where he attends school.