Waffle House Murder Suspect Turns Himself In
One of the suspects in the Waffle House murder turns himself into investigators on Tuesday morning and will have a commitment hearing in two weeks despite waiving that right during his first appearance in court later that afternoon.
Ashley Brown, 19, turned himself in and is being held at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center.
Brown was wanted in the connection with the Waffle House murder that happened early Sunday morning. In the shooting, 20-year-old Christopher Crowder was killed and his friend Xavier Phelps, 20, was shot in the pelvic region. Chanteira Granville, 19, was grazed by a bullet on her back.
Macon Police say that Brown met with investigators before being booked on charges that include two counts of aggravated assault, felony murder and a state court probation violation.
"He wanted to do it yesterday,” Brown’s lawyer, Veronica Brinson said. “He wanted me to be present with him and I was actually unavailable."
Brinson said Brown reached out to her immediately after the shooting stating he felt sorry for Crowder and his family.
"I do know there is condolence which is why Mr. Brown and his grandmother called me Sunday indicating he wanted to turn himself in as soon as possible," Brinson said.
Hours after meeting with investigators, Brown appeared in court without Brinson present. When WGXA spoke with Brinson after his appearance said she was unaware that it was on Tuesday.
"My understanding was that he would go to court tomorrow for a bond hearing,” Brinson said.
Instead Brown stood in front of the court and waived his write to a commitment hearing without her present. A commitment hearing is when the state presents evidence against the defendant proving that the case can go far in superior court.
After WGXA broke this news to her, she called Judge Cedric Leslie immediately saying she wanted her client to have the commitment hearing to understand what evidence the state has against her client.
Leslie tells WGXA that he will withdraw the waiver and schedule a commitment hearing in two weeks.
Despite turning himself in, Brinson said it doesn’t mean her client is guilty.
“I think at this junction turning himself in means nothing except for it's the right thing to do,” Brinson said.