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Bond granted to teens accused of gang activity

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 6:16 PM
Last updated Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 1:49 AM
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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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Pops
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Pops 08/02/13 - 07:56 pm
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I say let's give them

all $1000. We will never hear or read their names again. They are all good boys and promise never to do any gang stuff again. Problem solved.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/02/13 - 09:26 pm
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I bet they're
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all high school honor students who are just misunderstood. They'll play football for Auburn.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/02/13 - 10:42 pm
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Thames

The owner of the home on Thames place has a first name of Demonia. I'm not kidding.

jmo
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jmo 08/02/13 - 11:02 pm
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What a wonderful....

group of young men. All their parents should be so proud.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 08/02/13 - 11:32 pm
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In this crazy mixed up world

In this crazy mixed up world we're living one has to wonder if their parents care at all.

lady82
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lady82 08/03/13 - 04:28 pm
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Don't Judge

One of the boys is my family member and he really is a good child. Some teens just get caught up with the wrong crowd. His parents are wonderful law-abiding tax payers just like you. Hid dad is a teacher and mother is a RN. So don't judge...especially if you have children, you may just be on the other end one day.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 08/03/13 - 05:00 pm
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Superior Court Senior Judge

Superior Court Senior Judge William M. Fleming Jr begs to differ about them not being judged. We are talking about activities that led to a senseless homicide. The caught up with the wrong crowd excuse just doesn't cut it when it results in the death of another child. At this point its in the courts hands and possibly a jury of peers. Judging will be required even if the outcome is not guilty.

validPoint
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validPoint 08/03/13 - 06:12 pm
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Where, and How?

Where are these young people getting the guns and ammo from? Is there a legal age requirement?

corgimom
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corgimom 08/03/13 - 07:23 pm
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"he really is a good

"he really is a good child"

He USED to be a good child, a good child isn't in a gang and isn't out trying to murder people.

His parents need to ship his fine young behind somewhere before he winds up dead or in prison. Get him out of Augusta before it's too late.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/03/13 - 08:07 pm
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Oh, and lady82- Oh yeah, I

Oh, and lady82- Oh yeah, I will judge, and so will everybody else. There is no place in a thriving, healthy community for gangs. They destroy neighborhoods, sections of cities, and drive away the people that complement a city, not destroy it.

If those knuckleheads have the time to be in a gang and cause trouble, then they have the time to do schoolwork and work at a honest job.

Now they all have felony arrest records for unlawful gang activity. Their chances of having a decent life just took a major nose-dive. Regardless if they are found guilty, arrest records turn up on background checks.

Your family member is headed down a very dark path. Again, I urge you, get him out of Augusta before it's too late. And it may already be too late, I hope not.

validPoint
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validPoint 08/03/13 - 08:59 pm
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Absolutely

Absolutely, Corigmom. Also it is not the profession of the parents that addresses the needs of their children. Some folk are so busy "making money" the children are left to do exactly as they want to do with little or no supervision. Children will live the things they learn, and where they go they will take the things they learn with them. Someone in the house"slept" while the gangs were forming. Otherwise, the stronghold would not be as tight as it is in the streets. In many instances, folk are giving their children "too much rope".

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