13-year-old denied bond on murder charge


A 13-year-old boy accused of murder was denied bond Friday.


Zitedrick Shelley has been held in a department of juvenile justice facility since allegedly gunning down 61-year-old Mable Jordan not far from AU Medical Center’s emergency room on Oct. 5.

Shelley appeared in an orange jumpsuit Friday in Richmond County Superior Court, shackled and handcuffed. He is charged as an adult.

Jordan was found Oct. 5 around 12:45 a.m. at 15th and Harper streets. Augusta University police saw Shelley running from the area and he was found hiding in some bushes with a handgun, District Attorney Natalie Paine said. Jordan’s purse was found in the parking lot.

At the time of the shooting, Shelley was a runaway from the home where the department of juvenile justice had placed him with an ankle monitor after a series of criminal acts, including two armed robberies and a felony sexual battery, Paine said.

A woman was stabbed in one robbery. A pregnant woman was pepper sprayed in the other, Paine said.

On Aug. 7 he cut off the ankle monitor and took off, Paine said.

Defense attorney Todd Mitchell said Shelley should be in middle school but now is looking at spending the rest of his life in prison. Shelley has been in and out of the department of juvenile justice and various foster homes, Mitchell said.

Judge Ashley Wright asked Paine about Shelley’s parents. His mother gave him up and his father is in prison, Paine said.

“This is nothing short of tragic for everyone,” Wright said before denying bond.

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