Men accused of taking part in two unrelated homicides must await possible indictment and trial in jail, a judge ruled Friday.
In the first Richmond County Superior Court bond hearing, Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. determined Paul F. Blevins, 56, posed a danger to the community if released on bond.
Mr. Blevins is accused of murder and theft in the April 5 beating death of Danny L. Jones, 62. Mr. Jones was found dead in the yard of his Tobacco Road home, a bloody 2-by-4 nearby, said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Johnston.
Minutes earlier, a pawn shop employee called the sheriff's department about Mr. Blevins. He entered the store obviously intoxicated and tried to pawn a watch that had blood on it, Mr. Johnston said. The officer who pulled over Mr. Blevins, who was driving Mr. Jones' truck, saw what he thought was blood on Mr. Blevins' clothes.
Mr. Blevins had worked for Mr. Jones, helping to care for his show chickens. Mr. Jones was a 30-year veteran headmaster at Edmund Burke Academy and teacher at Hephzibah High School.
In the second case, Judge Brown ruled that Ronald E. Banks, 54, and Antonio Jones, 27, could also prove to be a danger to the community.
Investigators believe Mr. Banks and Mr. Jones joined 18-year-old Janell Barnard Lacy in a conspiracy to rob Eladio Gonzalez, 23, and Jose Mochica, 26.
Ms. Lacy, who knew Mr. Gonzalez, lured the two victims to Brickyard Pond Road off of Gordon Highway, a deserted area concealed from the highway, Mr. Johnston said. She also furnished the shotgun and shells used on the victims on March 28, he added.
It was Mr. Banks' idea to kill the victims, Mr. Johnston said. Mr. Banks has prior convictions for theft and drugs dating back two decades.
Mr. Jones shot the victims, Mr. Johnston said. Mr. Gonzalez was killed, but Mr. Mochica survived. He managed to crawl through the woods and find help after being shot, Mr. Johnston said.
Mr. Jones' attorney asked for reasonable bond. Alexia Davis of the public defender's office pointed out that Mr. Jones earned a GED and was working. He has no prior felony convictions.
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