Two murder suspects have entered pleas of not guilty.
Philemon S. Jackson, 21, is accused of killing teen Clyde Austin Weeks. Jackson pleaded not guilty before Liberty County Superior Court Judge Robert Russell Monday morning.
He is charged with one count of murder, three counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies.
Jackson’s bond is $500,000 cash or $1 million property.
Jackson allegedly fired shots at Weeks during a Feb. 15 altercation outside a home on Jubail Drive in Eagles Landing subdivision.
Hinesville Police Department Officer Stephen Menges responded to a call that shots had been fired in the neighborhood and found Weeks being attended to by a friend, according to a police report.
Menges found Weeks with a gunshot wound and no pulse, the report said, and it appeared the teen was standing up for a friend when he was shot.
Later Monday, before Liberty County Superior Court Judge Glenn Cheney, Nicholas Bacon entered a not guilty plea. Bacon is accused of killing his mother, Montez Bacon, on March 3, as they were returning from a trip to Savannah.
Bacon was twice denied bond before Cheney set a $250,000 cash or $500,000 property bond in June.
During a preliminary hearing held in April, 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.