Darius Reaves

SPARTA, Ga. — An 18-year-old Putnam County man held on multiple counts of aggravated assault following a shooting on the outskirts of Sparta last month pleaded not guilty during an arraignment hearing in Hancock County Superior Court Wednesday morning.

The shooting left the young man’s ex-girlfriend with a gunshot wound to the head, as well as a Greene County man and another man shot at during a party off Library Drive early Sept. 3.

The shooting was investigated by Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Ricky Brown, as well as Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Ryan Hilton from the GBI Region 6 Office in Milledgeville.

The shooting injured 16-year-old Eani Walton, of Eatonton, along with Robert Williams and Tchalla Lewis. Walton, who reportedly has lost vision in one of her eyes, attended Wednesday’s hearings. 

Reaves reportedly used a pistol in the shooting, which supposedly was witnessed by several people.

Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Terry Massey accepted the plea from Darius Jermon Reaves, of Eatonton, who is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated battery, and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

A bond hearing also was held for Reaves before Massey, according to Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney T. Wright Barksdale, who was assisted in the proceedings by Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Stephen A. Bradley.

Massey agreed to set a $125,000 bond after prosecutors and Reaves’ attorney, Bruce Harvey, a prominent defense attorney from Atlanta, agreed to that amount, as well as certain stipulations.

During a telephone interview with The Union-Recorder following the hearings, Barksdale said the judge imposed several bond stipulations, including Reaves having no contact or communication with his ex-girlfriend or the other two victims in the case.

“He cannot have any contact with any of the victims, whether direct, indirect or third party,” Barksdale said.

Reaves also must wear an ankle monitor while out on bond and living with his parents at their home in Eatonton.

Another stipulation was that Reaves be under a 6 p.m. curfew.

He also is forbidden from going to Putnam County High School near Eatonton for any reason while out of jail on bond.

The assistant district attorney said Reaves also must stay at least 500 feet away from each of the victims’ residences.

 “And all guns from the residence of his parents’ home must be removed,” Barksdale said.

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