$100,000 bond set Augusta man accused of murder in community center shootout

A $100,000 bond was set Friday for a 19-year-old facing murder and other charges in a fatal shootout at a community center in April.

 

Maurice L. Ponder was entitled to bond because he has been held in jail for more than 90 days without indictment.

Ponder, K’Shon Vaughan, 18, and Antonio Sheppard, 18, are each charged with murder, aggravated assault and weapon charges in the April 28 shootout on the basketball court at the Carrie Mays Community Center. Traychaurde Harris, 20, died from his gunshot wounds.

Assistant District Attorney Larry Smith said Friday that investigators believe the shootout was between rival gang members. Witnesses identified Ponder as one of the shooters, Smith said. Harris and two other victims were shot when they were caught in the middle of the shooting.

Defense attorney Peter Johnson said Ponder only returned fire after others starting shooting at him.

Vaughan was also granted a $100,000 bond. He remains in jail.

Sheppard was denied bond in June. A fourth suspected gunman has not been identified.

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

 

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