Bond denied in 1975 Augusta slaying

Mark Anthony Hill
Mark Anthony Hill
Mark Anthony Hill, suspect in 1975 slaying

An Augusta man implicated in a 35-year-old homicide was denied bond today.

Mark Anthony Hill, 53, appeared briefly in Richmond County Superior Court to request release on bond. Hill and William L. Coffey, 58, were arrested earlier this month on murder charges.

Assistant District Attorney Philip Catalano said Hill and Coffey, along with two other men who have since died and a man known only as "Bruce," were involved in the Feb. 3, 1975, slaying of Bronzi Peppers.

About 11 p.m. that night, Peppers was outside his 2921 Meadowbrook Drive home when Hill drove up with the other men. Hill intentionally blinded Peppers with the high beams and then assisted in an assault by restraining Peppers, Catalano said.

Peppers was killed by a gunshot to the head.

His sister, Leto Talbird, asked Senior Judge Bernard J. Mulherin Sr. to deny Hill bond Friday. "He doesn't deserve to be free for another second."

Assistant Public Defender Melody Chapman asked the judge to consider that Hill is the reason that the case has been solved. The Augusta native is on disability for a back injury, she said.

Hill's only convictions are for misdemeanor crimes and one felony theft conviction in 2008.

Coffey, 58, has been held in jail in Augusta since his extradition from Marietta, Okla., where he was living.