A 40-year-old Bartow County man was among seven people indicted in death-related cases when a Baldwin County grand jury met last week to decide whether or not to return indictments against those accused of criminal offenses, including murder.
It marked the first time that a grand jury has convened in Baldwin County since the outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic began. Justice Harold Melton, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, ordered that grand juries not convene for several months due to the pandemic. He recently lifted the emergency declaration.
It is not yet known when jury trials will restart in Baldwin County.
Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Stephen A. Bradley spent three days presenting criminal cases to grand jurors, according to Baldwin County Superior Court Clerk Mitch Longino. T. Wright Barksdale III, district attorney-elect, also participated some in that process.
One of the cases involved the fatal shooting of 38-year-old Jonathan Shane McAfee, who died Oct. 3, in his front yard off Butler Road after being shot shortly after he arrived home from work.
McAfee, a former soldier in the Army and worked two jobs. He was employed part-time at the Tractor Supply Store in Milledgeville and Sinclair Marina in Baldwin County.
The man accused of killing McAfee, Ray Eugene Pollard, was indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and interference with government property, according to court records.
In a separate case, grand jurors returned true bill of indictments against Dequanis Jason Parks on charges of malice murder, felony murder, and two counts of aggravated asault.
Parks, who is being held in the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center, is accused of shooting to death 16-year-old Cautez Ma’Had Jones back in the summer. The shooting took place along a walking path near The Milledgeville Manor Apartments.
After the shooting, Parks left Baldwin County and reportedly went to Newton County. Less than a month later, he was taken into custody by authorities at his mother’s residence in Covington.
In another case, grand jurors also indicted Albert Buck Glover III on charges of malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault in connection with the bludgeoning death of another inmate at Baldwin State Prison.
The slaying happened on Christmas Day 2019.
Grand jurors also indicted Bobby Ralph Wood Jr. on charges of malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault.
Wood is accused of shooting to death Aaron Skinner.
The fatal shooting took place outside the residence of Wood on Fox Hill Road earlier this year.
William Chandler “Chad” Weaver also was indicted by grand jurors involving a murder case.
Grand jurors returned a three-count indictment against him on charges of malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault.
Weaver is accused of shooting to death Jody Raley last year. The crime took place off Hodges Lake Road in Baldwin County.