A teenager accused of nearly killing a man during a burglary at Merrick Place Apartments in February will be tried as an adult.
Aaron Bey, 16, is facing charges of aggravated assault, burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the shooting of Wayne Eggins Jr. on Feb. 18, according to Richmond County Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine. At a juvenile court hearing last week, Bey's case was transferred to Richmond County Superior Court, Paine said.
Eggins spent more than a month in the hospital after he was shot while interrupting the burglary at the west Augusta apartment complex.
Shortly after midnight Feb. 18, Eggins, 24, returned home from work and spotted someone breaking into his neighbor's apartment. His own home had already been burglarized.
Eggins grabbed the man, punched him and dragged him toward the front of the apartment. That's when a second man came around, pistol-whipped Eggins and shot him.
The burglars drove to the adjacent apartment complex, where witnesses noticed them acting suspiciously right after they heard shots.
Their information, paired with what others saw, led to the arrest of Stanley Fields, 18, of the 1900 block of Wrightsboro Road.
Bey, whose name was previously not released because he was initially charged as a juvenile, was arrested later that night and taken to the Regional Youth Detention Center.
The attack left Eggins almost completely paralyzed on the left side of his body. He and his girlfriend, Monique Johnson-Sullivan, have moved into a single-story apartment so Eggins can get around in his wheelchair. In an interview with The Chronicle last month, Eggins said he will have surgery in a few months to replace the piece of plastic that's currently covering his brain.