Judge declines to lower bond in Augusta homicide case

A man facing retrial on a manslaughter charge in a fatal shootout that left his friend dead will remain in jail unless he can post $150,000 in cash or with a professional bondsman.


Devin Washington requested release on a much lower bond Monday in Richmond County Superior Court. Washington, 28, is accused of voluntary manslaughter in the July 5, 2012, fatal shooting of Pr’Shawn Williams, 22.

Defense attorney Pete Theodocion asked for a reduced bond for Washington who has spent the past five years in prison, serving a sentence for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Washington was convicted of the weapon charge in May 2013 when he was tried with Marcus Washington, who is not related. Marcus Washington, 24, was acquitted of murder , but the jury couldn’t reach an unanimous decision on a charge of voluntary manslaughter for Devin Washington.

District Attorney Natalie Paine asked the judge to leave the bond at $150,000. Devin Washington hates Marcus Washington and he tried to kill him several times, Paine said. The night of July 5, 2012, Devin Washington basically trapped Marcus Washington in the parking lot of a Gordon Highway nightclub and is likely more dangerous now, she said.

Judge Sheryl B. Jolly left the bond set in 2015 at the same amount, with the same conditions of electronic monitoring. If he makes bond, he cannot leave his grandparents’ home except for appointments for medical or legal needs.

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