Judge denies bond for men involved in shooting death of a Waynesboro man

Friday was an emotional day at the Burke County Courthouse for families of several people police say were involved in the shooting death of a Waynesboro man.

"I'm concerned that it is a threat to the community if these folks are released back into the community pending trial," said Judge Pickett, who presided over the bond hearings for Ricky Hughes, Levonta Cooper and Shaquille Freeman, all charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in the April 14th murder of Mandrekgus Delvin Bonner. A man hot to death in the 100th block of East 11th Street.

"These hostilities, they haven't gone away," Pickett said during the hearing. "They're people that don't like each other. They don't like each other to the point where they are willing to shoot and kill each other."

Despite several family members arguing of their behalf for bond, the Judge decided to keep the men behind bars.

"At this point, I'm going to deny his bond."

As the investigation continues, Judge Pickett said that some of the suspects maybe eligible for bond at a later date.

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