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Bonds denied in fatal shooting; one suspect released
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Bond was denied for the four suspects accused of shooting David Anthony Jones Jr. to death at his Tapco Mobile Home residence in Hinesville June 16.
Hinesville Police Det. Maj. Thomas Cribbs said Steven Bond, Steve Plair, Rodriguez Platt and Jedediah Duncan were each denied bond in Magistrate court.
Cribbs said Plair was later released.
“We are still investigating the incident,” he said. “But after further investigating and talking with the district attorney he was released at this time.”
District Attorney Tom Durden confirmed Plair was released but said he couldn’t comment on the ongoing investigation.
Platt, Duncan and Bond are facing one count of murder each and, according to Cribbs, they may also face counts of armed robbery.
On June 16 officers responded to a 9-1-1 call and found Jones on the living room floor with three gunshot wounds in his stomach. The shooting occurred about 9:15 p.m.
Despite lifesaving attempts by the paramedics on scene, Jones died within the hour of arriving at Liberty Regional Medical Center.
Duncan and Platt were arrested in Hinesville and Walthourville, respectively, on June 23. Warrants were issued for Plair and Bond. Plair turned himself into HPD on June 24 and Bond was arrested in Decatur, Ill., by U.S. marshals the same day.
In another case, there are no new leads in the apparent drive-by shooting, which sent a 5-year-old to the hospital on June 27.
The child, who was at a residence on Pointe South Drive, has yet to be identified. He was reportedly hit in the leg and taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah where he was treated and released within a day.
According to the HPD report, several officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 200 block of Pointe South Drive shortly after 6:30 p.m., June 27.
Officers found Latesha White, who lives in the targeted home, holding the child with a towel wrapped around his left thigh, which was bleeding from a gunshot wound.
White told officers the child had been eating in the kitchen when bullets began to rain into the home.
A forest green SUV was seen speeding away from the residential area, though detectives would not confirm if the vehicle was involved in the shooting.
Police found six .40 caliber casings on the street. According to the report, there were several bullet holes in the clapboard home, even in a rear bedroom and dining room. A storage shed in the backyard of the house next door also was damaged.
According to the report, homeowner Ann Mitchell, told police the shooting may have been in retaliation of an altercation a friend of her son had with other individuals.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call HPD at 368-8211 or 368-8215.

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