Augusta man gets bond in shooting case



A $75,000 bond was granted Tues­day to an Augusta man who has spent months in jail awaiting trial on aggravated assault and weapon charges.

Dexter C. Barnett, 27, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to the charges filed over a Sept. 27, 2015, confrontation in which two people were wounded, a third was shot at and a fourth person had a gun pointed at him, according to the indictment.

Also charged in the case is Chezere Coppock, 27, who has also pleaded not guilty.

The confrontation was between Coppock and Harold Leverett, to whom Coppock owed money, said Assistant District Attorney Pete Lamb. Witnesses reported that Coppock shot Leverett, but Barnett was also armed with an assault rifle.

But no one actually saw Barnett fire on a vehicle fleeing the scene, no prints were found on the weapon, and cartridge casings found at the scene did not match the rifle, Lamb said.

Defense attorney Maureen Floyd said Barnett was trying to defuse the situation and did not shoot anyone. She asked for Barnett’s release on bond.

In granting bond, Judge Sheryl B. Jolly ordered Barnett not to have any contact with any victims or witnesses in the case, and to abide by a 7 p.m. curfew.