Gas Station Murder Case Heading to Bibb County Superior Court
The murder case of wheelchair bound Frank Reeves who is accused of killing a Jones County woman at a gas station in early December is bound for Bibb County Superior Court.
Evidence was presented at Reeves,73, commitment hearing on Wednesday to determine if there was enough against him to take the case to a higher court.
Reeves is accused of shooting 65-year-old Linda Hunnicutt in the chest after allegedly running into her car at the Murphy Express gas station off Gray Highway.
Reeves listened to Sgt. Shermain Jones of the Macon Police Department as he stated the evidence to Reeves attorney, Veronica Brinson.
Jones said they have surveillance video of Reeves raising his hand and Hunnicutt falling to the ground as well as two eyewitnesses who aided Hunnicutt. However, Jones said there aren’t any eyewitnesses who saw the shooting happen.
Brinson also clarified the charges against Reeves.
“We were told today it was involuntary manslaughter, one time, felony murder and now, well not now, it’s actually malice murder so now we know what the alleged charge is."
Jones said the charges were elevated to murder after consulting with Bibb County District Attorney, Greg Winters.
Brinson asked if her client was read his Miranda Rights and noted that he had a ninth grade education as well as hearing and speech difficulties.
Jones said he read Reeves his rights and he indicated he understood them. However, Jones said he was unaware of Reeves hearing problems because Reeves responded to his questions without difficulty except for slurred speech.
Jones said Reeves stated during interrogation that he meant to scare Reeves and not shoot her intentionally.
"He said, he told me, of course it was all over when he shot, that he shot his weapon to scare her but he rolled back and saw that he had actually shot her," Jones said in court.
However Brinson is wary about Reeves alleged confession.
"My client is not trained to give statements,” Brinson said. “Under the circumstances in this case, we definitely, definitely will question this alleged admission as the state says it is."
Brinson said despite Reeves age, he is doing as well as he can be for a man his age in jail but is still shocked by Hunnicutt's death.
"This is a nightmare for him,” Brinson said. “He's always expressed to me that how saddened he is that someone life is gone but he understands the process because I have explained the process to him."
Brinson plans on having a bond hearing next week to hopefully get Reeves out of jail due to his health issues.