Originally created 01/24/04

Shooting suspect does not get bond



A man accused by authorities of gunning down a man at an Augusta convenience store New Year's Eve was denied bond by a Richmond County judge Friday.

Richmond County Superior Court Judge William M. Fleming Jr. denied bond for Pedro Jose Pereira III, 32, charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in a fatal Dec. 31 shooting.

Police allege that Mr. Pereira shot Tremmelyn Lee McFadden, 39, with an assault rifle outside the Pump 'N Shop convenience store at the corner of Central and Heard avenues.

Assistant District Attorney Parks White said Mr. Pereira got into an argument over a debt incurred by Mr. McFadden in purchasing some tire rims. Mr. White said a third party passed the debt to Mr. Pereira.

He said Mr. Pereira and Mr. McFadden got into an argument, and Mr. Pereira shot Mr. McFadden in the leg, arm, abdomen and chest.

Mr. Pereira's defense attorney, Scott Connell, countered that his client felt threatened by Mr. McFadden.

"He feared that the victim was armed," Mr. Connell said. "Pedro felt like his back was against the wall."

Mr. Connell said that his client's fear also was precipitated by the fact that his father was murdered in front of him when he was 9 years old.

Mr. Pereira's father, Pedro Jose Pereira Jr., was shot to death in 1980.

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