12 suspects connected to murder case appear in court

12 suspects connected to murder case appear in court

JEFFERSON COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Emotions were high in the Jefferson County Courthouse on Wednesday morning as the preliminary hearing for 12 suspects charged in the death of Kenneth Quarterman Jr. and the shooting of Lewis Bond III was held.

The incident happened on June 16 of this year. The district attorney's office said there was a drive-by shooting on the 500 block of East 5th street in Louisville.

The 12 defendants who appeared in court today are:

  • Barrington Jermaine Allen aka "AJ" or "Rude boi"
  • Ivey Lamar Elam
  • Shinique L. Flournoy aka "Nek"
  • Octavius Desmond Hickson aka "Tay Tay"
  • Darius Sergio Jackson aka "Sergio"
  • Rajonte Romelle McGruder aka "RO"
  • Dontavius Tramez Meadows aka "T"
  • Damien V. Simpkins aka "Bam"
  • Dalonte Jerrod Tarver aka "Blac Boss" or "Big J"
  • Jason Robert Williams aka "J-Will"
  • Jayrin Anthony Williams aka "Webbie"
  • Lafayell Deshon Williams aka "Smooch"

After hearing testimony from witnesses, Superior Court Judge Robert Reeves found probable cause to send the case to the grand jury.  He only granted Dontavius Meadows bond. His bond was set at $100,000.00 cash or $200,000.00 property.

We spoke with a mother of one of the defendants, who didn't want to be identified.

"I'm really feeling awful," said after the hearing. "I don't feel like it was justice. I feel like, if one child got a bond, all of them should have got a bond."

The DA argued that all the defendants were associated with a rap group - which was a ruse for their gang but the mother we spoke to disagreed.

"People just stereotype people," she said. "Stereotyping kids these days; I don't think any of them are in a gang."

I spoke with other relatives who didn't want to be identified. They told me that justice is far from served and they will fight alleged gang involvement gang involvement and murder charges.

All defendants are being held in either the Burke County or Jefferson County jail.