Bond granted in murder case

Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet granted bond today in a murder case assigned to another judge.

The judge set an $80,000 bond for Michael O. Faulks, 19, who is accused of murder for a Jan. 4 fatal shooting.

The prosecutor asked Judge Overstreet not to hold today's afternoon hearing in Richmond County Superior Court because the case is assigned to Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. A bond hearing for Mr. Faulks was set for Friday with Judge Brown.

Assistant District Attorney Philip Catalano also asked Judge Overstreet not to hold Mr. Faulks’ bond hearing because the victim’s family wasn’t present today. They expected the bond hearing to be held Friday.

Assistant Public Defender Jacob Wilson pressed for today's hearing, pointing to many members of Mr. Faulk’s family who were present.

Mr. Faulks was indicted April 14 on charges of murder and a weapon violation in the shooting death of 22-year-old Jamar White.

Mr. White died after being shot in the chest. Mr. Faulks’ attorney said Tuesday that the shooting was an accident.

Mr. Faulks had been a victim of a violent home invasion in December and received a threatening phone call the day of the shooting, his attorney said. When Mr. Faulks answered a knock on the door at his girlfriend’s apartment, he accidentally shot Mr. White, a good friend, Mr. Wilson said.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226

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