Bond granted to teens accused of gang activity

Bond was set Friday for several of the teens accused of taking part in gang activity that sheriff’s investigators say led to shootings and a recent homicide.

Superior Court Senior Judge William M. Fleming Jr. set $25,000 bonds for Nicholas A Lockhart, 17, Marquise D. Lewis, 17, and brothers Ledarius D. Montgomery, 17, and Legrandes O. Montgomery, 19.

The judge denied bond for Michael D. Scott, 18, and Jerome M. Smith, 19. Bond hearings for Jordan J. Lovett, 18, and Dijon C. Abbott, 17, were postponed because they were not represented by attorneys Friday.

Each of the teens is charged with unlawful street gang activity and reckless conduct.

Sheriff Sgt. Ken Rogers said Friday that the eight teens are members of the 23rd gang which has had an on-going feud with the 600 gang that has escalated from fist fights to shootings.

Assistant District Attorney Amanda Heath said the first shooting was in retaliation for the beating of Legrandes Montgomery. At a birthday party on June 29 at a home on Thames Place, investigators believe Abbott, Lovett and Smith fired 20 to 30 shots.

Lockhart, Lewis, Scott and the Montgomery brothers were not armed, Rogers said, but they were also charged because they knew the shooting was planned and they went along.

On July 21, investigators believe Lovett fired a dozen gunshots at a home on Russell Street where he thought a member of the 600 lived, Heath said. Scott allegedly drove Lovett to the street that night. Both face charges of aggravated assault.

No one was injured in those shootings, but at a July 18 party on East Kensington Drive, 19-year-old Marquez Eubanks was killed and 21-year-old Jeremy Whitehead was wounded. Investigators have charged Abbott with murder, aggravated assault and weapon violations in that shooting.

According to the attorneys for Lockhart, Lewis, Scott and the Montgomery brothers, the teens are from good families and none of them have a criminal record. Lockhart, Lewis, Scott and Ledarius Montgomery are still in high school. Legrandes Montgomery dropped out of high school but earned a GED and was working full-time.

Lockhart played on the Cross Creek High School football and basketball teams last school year, and Scott played basketball at Aquinas High School.

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