Augusta man denied bond in 2013 homicide

A renewed request for bond for a 2013 homicide suspect has been denied.

 

In an order signed Tuesday, Chief Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. denied bond for Dijon Abbott, 20. He is accused of killing 19-year-old Marques Eubanks and wounding two other young men at a July 18, 2013, party on Kensington Drive.

Abbott was granted bond in October 2016 after he had been jailed for nearly three years without bond. Abbott’s case is on appeal which means a trial won’t be held until the Georgia Supreme Court issues an opinion on the admissibility of Abbott’s statement to sheriff’s investigators.

His bond was revoked when Brown found reason to believe Abbott violated the conditions of the bond by breaking curfew and associating with suspected gang members.

Brown considered a renewed request for bond at a Dec. 6 hearing in Richmond County Superior Court. He took the matter under advisement until issuing his denial Tuesday.

Defense attorney Ricardo Bravo asked Brown to reconsider bond. After more than two years in jail, Abbott was wrong to hang out with friends but it was understandable. He didn’t commit any crime while free on bond, Bravo said, and if granted release again, Abbott could live with his sister in a different neighborhood away from the old friends with a full-time monitor.

Prosecutors contend Abbott was a member of the 23rd Street Gang which was feuding with the 600 Gang in 2013. A series of shootings occurred with various young men charged.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

 

More

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 20:23

Rants and raves