Judge splits bond decision in Augusta murder case

Overton

Bond was granted to one Augusta homicide suspect Friday but was denied for a second man also charged with murder in the same April 13 slaying over $10 worth of marijuana.

 

Marquis D. Overton, 20, and Derrick V. Knight, 25, were charged with murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and a weapon violation along with Damien J. Barnes, 21, earlier this month. The three are accused in the shooting of 18-year-old James Pixley on Hardwick Road.

On Friday in Richmond County Superior Court, Senior Judge William M. Fleming Jr. set a $50,000 bond for Overton but denied bond for Knight, who is said to have brought along his 3-year-old son and an infant to a drug deal that turned fatal.

Barnes arranged to buy $10 worth of marijuana from Pixley on April 13, said Assistant District Attorney McKenzie Gray. Knight drove and Overton went with them to the Bellemeade neighborhood to meet with Pixley.

Barnes admitted to different people that he shot Pixley, Gray said. Knight’s 3-year-old son told investigators that both Knight and Barnes had guns.

Defense attorney Peter Johnson said there is no evidence Overton had anything to do with the shooting, and that the only evidence he was even present was the 3-year-old saying Overton stayed in the car.

Defense attorney Zachary Goolsby sought bond for Knight. The only evidence against him is what the 3-year-old said, Goolsby said. Knight is living with his wife and children and taking classes, Goolsby said.

Gray told the judge that Knight was on probation for a robbery committed in Dublin, Ga. His son said Knight had a gun, which is a crime for a convicted felon, she said.

Barnes has not yet had a bond hearing.

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