By Kathy Jefcoats
A Henry County magistrate found probable cause to bind over four armed robbery suspects to Superior Court following a first appearance hearing Friday morning.
A warrant has been issued for a fifth suspect, identified as the assistant manager of the Wendy's that was robbed Wednesday night, and police are also looking for a juvenile.
Travius Deonte McCord, 19, of Jonesboro, Eddie Lee Wheaton III, 20, of Newnan, and Vincent Charles Davis, 18, and Caresio Demorris Jones, 17, both of McDonough, are charged with armed robbery and kidnapping, said Henry County police Lt. Joe Tammaro.
Each of the defendants has his own attorney. Jeff Cofer represents Wheaton, Vincent Otounye represents Davis, David Slemons represents Jones and Scott Key represents McCord.
McCord was working at the fast food restaurant the night it was robbed. Henry County Assistant Solicitor Annie Deets told Magistrate Robert Godwin during the hearing that McCord helped plan and participated in the robbery.
"He aided and abetted by failing to call authorities when he knew about the robbery," said Deets. "He also participated in the planning."
But she failed in an attempt to have a theft by taking charge added against McCord. She alleged that McCord pocketed money from a cash register during the robbery an allegation his attorney did not dispute.
"I will agree that there is probable cause for theft by taking," said Key. "But not armed robbery."
Godwin disagreed, however.
"It is possible he secreted money to keep out of the split," he said. "But I am not going to issue a warrant for theft by taking."
Davis's attorney said his client was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"My client was not even there," said Otounye. "It is possible he was at Home Depot shopping and was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is a young guy who should be in school. This is his first brush with the law."
Cofer unsuccessfully made a motion for dismissal of charges against Wheaton.
Henry County police Detective Joe Norton testified for the prosecution. He said witness statements indicate that armed, masked men entered Wendy's about 10 p.m.
Employees were forced to the floor where they say they witnessed the men taking money from the cash register and going into the office, said Norton.
Norton said the suspects discussed robbing Wendy's three weeks ago.
"They all talked and just did it," he said.
Norton said witness statements indicate that the gun used belonged to Davis's mother. It has not been recovered.
Only a Superior Court judge can set bond in the case, said Godwin. The four men were returned to the Henry County Jail to await a future bond hearing.