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Murder suspect denied bond
Christopher Richie
Suspect Christopher Richie

Murder suspect Christopher Richie was denied bond in Liberty County Superior Court Monday by Superior Court Judge Glen A. Cheney.

Ritchie was on the run for a few hours before being arrested in Long County July 11. He is facing murder, felony murder and assault charges stemming from the fatal shooting of Tyler Sledge the evening of July 10, on Kelly Drive in Hinesville following a domestic dispute.

According to Hinesville Police Department Detective Sgt. Gail Poulson, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 Block of Kelly Drive July 10. Dispatchers reported people called in saying they heard shots being fired inside a mobile home.

Poulson said responding officers arrived on scene and discovered Sledge unresponsive and suffering from a gunshot wound. Poulson said Sledge was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Richie allegedly intervened in a fight Sledge was having with his girlfriend by retrieving a gun confronting Sledge and ultimately shooting him. Poulson had reported that Richie was a frequent visitor at the home who sometimes spent the night and even had some of his personal belongings in the victim’s house. 

After the incident Richie fled and a manhunt ensued

According to Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles police got a description of Richie and his clothing. Long County Deputies began searching for Richie in the area of Griffin Road, near the intersection of Winntown Road. As police closed in Richie ran away and after a brief foot chase was apprehended by Long County Deputies.

Richie was also denied bond at his first appearance before Magistrate Judge, Gerald Morris mid-July.

Sherick Sharari Leshane Brinson was also in court Monday where Judge Cheney reduced his bond reduced to $100,000 cash / $200,000 property. His bond was previously set at more than $219,000.00.

On Aug. 7, Brinson, 26, of Eatonville, Fla., was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Methamphetamine by the Office of the United States Attorney - Southern District of Georgia.

Brinson was taken into custody after leading Georgia State Patrol troopers and Liberty County Sheriff’s deputies in a chase on Georgia highways 405 and 38 that allegedly reached speeds of up to 127-mph.

The chase, that began shortly before midnight May 30, ended in a wreck in Flemington which injured three people.

According to police reports Brinson threw a book bag out the car window during the chase. The bag was later recovered. The bag allegedly contained more than 4 pounds of suspected Cocaine, over 11 ounces of suspected Methamphetamine, various pills, and other substances. Items in the bag also field tested positive for Fentanyl, a powerful and dangerous Opiate.

In addition to the federal drug charge Brinson faces a DUI charge, fleeing and attempting to elude police and numerous traffic citations.

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