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Local murder cases continue
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The bonds were issued to pay off construction of the Liberty County Justice Center. - photo by File photo

A man who stands accused of killing his mother had his case continued in court Aug. 9. Nicholas Bacon is accused of killing his mother, Montez Bacon, on March 3, 2017, as they were returning from a trip to Savannah.

Bacon was twice denied bond before Superior Court Judge Glen A. Cheney with the Atlantic Judicial Circuit of Georgia. Cheney set a $250,000 cash or $500,000 property bond. 

During a preliminary hearing held in April 2017, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dustin Rushing said authorities first thought they were responding to an accident at the Fleming Short Stop convenience store on Highway 196 after witnesses called 911 reporting a car had hit a small structure at the store.

LCSO patrol units and Liberty County EMS personnel arrived and found the car’s driver, Montez Bacon, sitting unresponsive in the driver’s seat. 

Rushing said Bacon, who was later pronounced dead, appeared to have been shot in the back. He said Nicholas Bacon was seen getting out of the back seat of the vehicle.

A man suspected of being an accomplice to murder was in court Aug. 9, and saw his case continued as lawyers attempt to join his case to that of his co-defendant.

Herbert Roberts faces charges of party to the crime of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission or attempt to commit certain felonies.

It is alleged that Roberts and co-defendant, Tyler James McGriff, killed Shaun Williams a drug deal gone wrong last July 14, 2016.

McGriff is charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission or attempt to commit certain felonies for the slaying of Williams at Harbor Rain Apartments.

McGriff was arrested days after the incident in Camden County after he fled Liberty County. He was captured by U.S. marshals, according to earlier reports by Hinesville Police Chief of Detectives Chris Reid.

McGriff and Williams were allegedly involved in an altercation sometime around 2 a.m., according to testimony by Hinesville Police detective Michael Bell during a bond hearing.

Bell said a witness, who was unnamed at the hearing, and an accomplice who was later arrested and identified as Herbert Roberts, claimed McGriff pulled the trigger during a drug buy.

Roberts bonded out of jail in March and has entered a not guilty plea.

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