Originally created 05/08/99

Judge denies bond to slaying suspects



Three men accused of kidnapping and murder in the shooting death of a 26-year-old Augusta man during an argument were denied bond Friday, although a judge set a $20,000 bond for a woman charged with kidnapping in the case.

A second woman, 41-year-old Shirley Doggett Wells, was denied bond on a kidnapping charge in February, when another judge said she posed a threat to the community and was a flight risk.

Early Glenn, 50, Robert Brooks, 37, and Shontez T. Ellis, 24, all were denied bond by Superior Court Judge William D. Jennings III on Friday afternoon.

The three are charged in the death of John Lambright, who prosecutors say was bound with his own shoelaces and driven around Augusta before being shot at an Old McDuffie Road mobile-home park on Feb. 3.

It was Richmond County's first homicide of 1999. Two passers-by found Mr. Lambright lying on the ground at Vista Village Trailer Park, and before he died in surgery at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, he told police that "Pano" -- Mr. Glenn's street name -- shot him, officials said. He had been shot once in the chest and twice in the right arm.

Ms. Wells is charged with driving the car during the first part of the trip, and 29-year-old Tammy Cotton -- who was granted bond Friday -- is charged with driving during the second half of the trip, prosecutors said.

Police believe Mr. Glenn was the trigger man. All five defendants have said they are not guilty.

Mr. Brooks and Ms. Cotton, who are married, fled to St. Louis, as did Mr. Ellis, who is Mr. Brooks' nephew. All three were extradited. Mr. Glenn was found at his girlfriend's Underwood Homes apartment in Augusta nine days after the shooting.

Judge Jennings said the three men posed a flight risk or a risk of committing other crimes.

Alisa DeMao can be reached at (706) 823-3223 or ademao@augustachronicle.com.