Man accused in gas station shooting is veteran

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ATLANTA — An elderly man accused of gunning down a Georgia woman after his motorized wheelchair and her car bumped is a military veteran and church deacon who has suffered strokes in recent years, his attorney said Thursday.

Frank Louis Reeves, of Macon, Ga., shot and killed an elderly woman after his wheelchair came in contact with her car Tuesday, authorities said.  ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Frank Louis Reeves, of Macon, Ga., shot and killed an elderly woman after his wheelchair came in contact with her car Tuesday, authorities said.

Frank Louis Reeves, 73, is accused of killing 65-year-old Linda Hunnicutt at a Macon gas station Tuesday. His attorney, Veronica Brinson, said Reeves is in shock about what happened and didn’t mean for anyone to get hurt.

“He’s never been in any trouble, so this is new to him,” she said.

Reeves faces a murder charge.

Police say Reeves’ wheelchair came into contact with Hunnicutt’s Buick – it’s not clear who hit whom. Authorities say Reeves shot the woman when she got out of her car. She later died at a hospital despite the efforts of bystanders who tried to revive her on the pavement next to the gas pump.

Hunnicutt was hoping to adopt a less-fortunate family for the holidays this year to give them gifts, her daughter Kim Butler told The Telegraph newspaper of Macon.

The Jones County woman had held an Easter egg hunt for area children for several years, Butler said.

Reeves served in the military around the time of the Korean War and used a wheelchair because he had suffered two strokes in the past few years, Brinson said.

The Macon man serves as a deacon at his church, she said.

Reeves and his family said in a news release that they hope the Hunnicutt family can grieve in peace.

Reeves’ family said he has no criminal history, though Vinson is still awaiting a report that would confirm that, she said.

“He’s a really good man, really good man,” she said.

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just an opinion
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just an opinion 12/07/12 - 02:41 am
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He may be a deacon and a vet but

NOW HE IS A MURDERER

Tullie
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Tullie 12/07/12 - 04:18 am
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Huh?

Reeves and his family said in a news release that they hope the Hunnicutt family can grieve in peace.

What is that supposed to mean?

And on another note, what you want to bet they use the strokes to try to get him off. Of course, if that is the case he should not have been wearing a gun then.....

etlinks
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etlinks 12/07/12 - 09:03 am
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Reeves served in the military

Reeves served in the military around the time of the Korean War and used a wheelchair because he had suffered two strokes in the past few years, Brinson said. So he was 12-13 years old in the Korean war? Sad story for the Hunnicutt family.

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dichotomy 12/07/12 - 11:29 pm
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Yeh, too young to have served

Yeh, too young to have served during the Korean war. Might could have made Vietnam but the time frame seems more like a "tweener" unless he pulled more than one hitch or joined up in his mid 20's.

The crazy old coot will probably claim he "feared for his life" when she got out of her car.

"A 65 year-old white female driving a Buick Lucerne and a 73 year-old black male exchanged words after the male made contact with her car with his wheelchair.
When the woman exited her car the male displayed a gun and shot her in the chest."

I guess the new rule is that if you have an accident make sure you shoot the other person first when you get out of your car.

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