Crime

Macon 16-year-old denied bond on murder charge

Moments after gunfire erupted in east Macon’s King’s Park neighborhood last month, a rising Northeast High School sophomore drove off from the scene of the shooting, running over his friend’s shoulder.

Marc Anderson, 16, had been shot in the hand after going to the 3400 block of Majestic Court with friends June 11.

“He’s 16, judge. He panicked,” his attorney, John Carter, said during a Thursday hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.

Anderson was charged with murder June 19 and is being held at a Youth Detention Center in Hampton.

He’s accused in the shooting death of 19-year-old Andrew Marquis Sims, who authorities said went with Anderson and three others to meet a man about alleged stolen items.

Prosecutor Jimmy Daniels argued against the judge setting a bond, citing concerns that Anderson might intimidate witnesses, be a danger to the community or not show up for court if he’s released.

Carter said Anderson doesn’t have a prior criminal record and has strong family support. He asked for a “reasonable bond.”

Daniels contends that Anderson was armed when he arrived on Majestic Court. Carter said Anderson didn’t know anyone in the car had a gun.

The judge denied the bond request.

Carter contends that Anderson was at 21-year-old Gabriel Palmer’s house watching the NBA finals when 23-year-old Jerry Williams and a friend arrived. Anderson was in a restroom at the house during Williams’ visit.

After Williams left, Palmer discovered some items were missing. Palmer and Williams talked on the phone, Carter said.

“It wasn’t a heated conversation,” he said.

Anderson, Palmer, Sims and two others then drove to King’s Park.

“He assumed they were going to get the items back,” Carter said.

Palmer got out of the car to talk with Williams. Demario Shinholster, 32, walked up too.

Anderson got out of the car when he saw Shinholster brandish a gun, Carter said.

“He was concerned about his friend. He was trying to tell him to get back in the car so they could go,” he said.

Then Sims got out of the car. When Anderson turned around to tell Sims to get back in, he heard “a clack” and saw Palmer on the ground with Williams standing over him, Carter said. Palmer had been punched and knocked unconscious, he said.

Carter argues Anderson has said Sims pulled out a gun and shot Shinholster. Then “bullets erupted from everywhere.”

Daniels said Williams has told authorities he saw Anderson shoot Shinholster in the stomach and leg.

Carter said his client used the car to shield himself from the gunfire and tried to pull Sims, who by then had been shot, inside.

When Bibb County deputies arrived, Palmer and Sims were lying in the road. Sims had taken a shot to his chest, according to an incident report.

Williams told deputies five people had driven up in a white Honda Accord and accused him of stealing money the prior week while they were gambling, according to the report.

He said he struck Palmer in the face and then several people started shooting. A crowd had gathered beside the road, according to the report.

Williams told deputies that Sims was shot by one of the people who’d driven up in the Honda.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398 or find her on Twitter@awomackmacon.com.

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