Bond granted in murder case

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 5:19 PM
Last updated 5:21 PM
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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

or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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ripjones
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ripjones 04/28/09 - 04:36 pm
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PLEEEEEASE !!!! That's what

PLEEEEEASE !!!! That's what peepholes are for. I'm sure that the gun is registered, and that Mr. Faulks has a carry permit. If not, You're screwed !!! This is also a further example of Overstreet's attitude of "I'm going to do what I want to do". Pathetic...

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zebrahead 04/28/09 - 04:41 pm
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you don't need a carry permit

you don't need a carry permit to have a gun on your person in your own home. otherwise, how would you ever protect yourself in your own home? and what happens if you don't have a peephole? i don't.

dickworth1
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dickworth1 04/28/09 - 04:50 pm
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The Judge should be held
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The Judge should be held accountable if this person has another accident while out on bond.

ripjones
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ripjones 04/28/09 - 05:23 pm
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Zebra - It wasn't his own

Zebra - It wasn't his own home. It was the home of his girlfriend. PLUS, oh smart one, he's only nineteen years old, which makes it illegal for him to have a gun. If he has no previous "experience" with the police, then I'll slightly stand down. Otherwise, he's a punk thug with an illegal weapon. Did he contact police when the threatening phone call occur, or did he just grab a gun ?

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