Ray Eugene Pollard wants his day in court.
And that’s exactly what the 41-year-old Bartow County man is going to get Monday when he stands trial in Baldwin County Superior Court in Milledgeville for the Oct. 3, 2020, murder of Jonathon Shane McAfee.
McAfee was 38 at the time of his death.
He had just finished work at Tractor Supply in Milledgeville and had returned home after stopping by a store to get a couple of energy drinks.
Just moments after McAfee backed his red truck into his yard off Butler Road near the Fall Line Freeway around 10:20 p.m., a gunshot echoed through the dark rural neighborhood.
His mother, Lisa, said she knew immediately that something was wrong because she heard the distinct sound of the single gunshot.
In an interview several months ago with The Union-Recorder, Lisa recalled hearing her son scream for help.
She left her camper home nearby and drove to her son’s house and there, she discovered Shane laying on the ground on the passenger’s side of his pickup truck.
Shane, who had served in the U.S. Army was shot once in the abdomen. He died a short time later.
Less than 14 hours after he was shot and killed, detectives with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect with the assistance of the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office.
Pollard, who is represented by Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Chief Public Defender John Bradley, indicated through his attorney at Friday’s hearing that he wished to be tried by a jury.
Jury selection will begin Monday morning.
Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney T. Wright Barksdale III and Assistant District Attorney Tammy Coffey will prosecute the case on behalf of the state.
Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Amanda S. Petty, meanwhile, will preside over the trial, which is expected to last the majority of next week.
Opening statements by attorneys are expected to get underway early Monday afternoon.