A 17-year-old facing a murder charge was given a $30,000 bond on Monday, attorneys said.
But even if Shannon Fields makes his bond, he’ll be restricted to staying at his grandmother’s house and will only be allowed to travel to school and visit his attorney, officials said.
Fields is charged in connection with the June 15 slaying of Wayman Glenn James Jr., 30, who was found shot in the head in the parking lot of 917 Decatur Court. Fields appeared before a judge on Monday, who granted the bond with restrictions, said Assistant District Attorney Crawford Seals.
“I gave my version of the facts,” Seals added. “He did give a bond. I wanted a much higher bond.”
Defense attorney Stacey Jackson, who represents Fields, said all defendants have a right to a bond if there’s been no indictment within 90 days of their arrest.
“Now, the law doesn’t say what the bond may be, but the court must give them a bond,” Jackson added.
According to Columbus Recorder’s Court testimony, a witness overheard a conversation between Tavares Lowe and Ronnie C. Blue in which they stated they were going to get Fields and Willie Theotis Jones to rob James. Later the witness said he saw two men dressed in all black and wearing black ski masks sneak up on James, hit him and take his gun and money. Then the witness said he saw James lying on the ground and saw the men in black running away.
Fields’ girlfriend, however, testified in court that Fields came over to her house around midnight and stayed the night. He did not leave until 11 a.m. the next day, she said.
Blue and Lowe remain in the Muscogee County Jail. Jones hasn’t yet been arrested.