Crime

Bond denied for Macon man accused in February fatal beating

Seymour Passard was at the Macon probation office early Feb. 19 when his girlfriend got a phone call that a young girl needed to be picked up.

Passard, 23, was serving a first offender sentence for false imprisonment. The charge had been pleaded down from aggravated sodomy, according to the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office.

Before the day was over, Passard had been arrested, accused of beating 40-year-old Sylvester Harden Jr. at his Nisbet Avenue home.

He was charged with murder the next day after Harden died at a local hospital.

A judge denied bond for Passard during a Thursday hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.

Arguing on Passard’s behalf, lawyer Ann Parman said two other people charged with murder in the case have been granted bonds.

Passard’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Yolanda Butler was released on $125,000 bond earlier this year.

Ceyunta Cater, a 22-year-old man the couple allegedly picked up on their way to the house, is being held on $250,000 bond.

Parman said Passard had held a job for eight years prior to his arrest and would still have it if he’s released.

“He’s not a flight risk and he’s not a danger to any of the witnesses or the evidence in this case,” she said.

Before his arrest, Passard lived with his parents, Parman said.

His one-year-old daughter lives in Macon, she said.

‘THEY GOT THE WRONG GUY’

An 11-year-old girl visiting 29-year-old Levi Moss called her grandmother early on the morning of Feb. 19, saying Moss molested her. Moss is charged with child molestation stemming from the incident.

The girl’s grandmother, who lives out of town, reached out to Macon relatives, trying to find someone to retrieve the child.

Butler agreed to get the girl, but Passard suggested they pick up Cater on the way, prosecutor Jimmy Daniels said during the hearing.

Moss told authorities two masked men with guns burst into the house just before 9 a.m. and beat Harden, his cousin, unconscious, another prosecutor said earlier this year.

“This victim, it turns out, was the wrong person,” Daniels said Thursday. “This victim happened to be in this house and they got the wrong guy. They killed him in front of his children.”

Daniels argued Passard isn’t entitled to bond because the case was indicted April 21, within 90 days of his arrest.

The judge denied bond, citing substantial risk to the community and of Passard committing another felony if he’s released.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398 or find her on Twitter@awomackmacon.com.

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