A witness allegedly saw a 27-year-old Macon man return to his car parked outside Colonial Terrace Apartments moments before gunshots rang out.
Then, Lantonio Rodriques Hill argued with 21-year-old Micki Antonio Brown Jr., initially not letting Brown into the car, Hill’s attorney Alan Wheeler said during a Thursday hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.
“(Brown) was banging on the window with the gun,” Wheeler said, and his client “didn’t want to have anything to do with it.”
Despite prosecutors’ contention that Hill was a participant in the beating that preceded the shooting death of 19-year-old Majesty Conover on June 4, 2014, Wheeler said Hill tried to break up a fight between Brown and Conover.
Brown struck Hill in the leg with a gun so hard it broke his skin, Wheeler said.
“When he couldn’t break it up, he decided he was going to let the men have at it,” Wheeler said.
Hill returned to the car parked outside the Houston Avenue apartments, the lawyer said.
Wheeler said a witness has reported overhearing Hill say, “I didn’t know we was coming out here to do that.”
Saying his ruling was based in large part on Hill’s lack of a prior felony conviction, a judge granted him a $75,000 bond.
Brown, who has denied any involvement in the shooting, is being held on a $500,000 bond.
In his argument requesting a bond for Hill, Wheeler set out his client’s version of the events leading up to Conover’s death:
Brown and Hill were living together last summer. Although they shared a common father, they didn’t know each other well.
Brown, thinking his girlfriend was having an affair with Conover, asked Hill to drive him to check on her whereabouts June 4. While driving around, they spotted Conover in a car. Brown told Hill to follow the car.
Conover returned home from work about 11:30 p.m.
Brown and Hill drove up after him. Hill contends he thought they were following the car because he thought Brown’s girlfriend was riding inside.
Witnesses have reported seeing Brown and Hill beating Conover.
Prosecutor Jimmy Daniels said Conover was on the ground when he was shot to death. At least six shots were fired.
Conover wasn’t armed, according to arrest warrants in the case.
Wheeler argued although it may have appeared as though Hill was a party to the beating, he was trying to break it up.
He was in the car when Conover was shot, Wheeler said.
Daniels contended “they were together in this. ... He is clearly a participant.”
Before his June 5 arrest, Hill worked as a maintenance man at a law enforcement and firefighting training facility in Perry and had no prior felony convictions, Wheeler said.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.
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