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Hearing reset in July 4 shooting case

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

The preliminary hearing for a College Park man charged with shooting to death an in-law, during a July 4 family gathering, was rescheduled for Aug. 4.

Eric Patterson, 30, appeared in Clayton County Magistrate Court Tuesday, and told Magistrate Judge Richard Brown that he was not able to hire an attorney.

Clayton County Assistant District Attorney Tiffany Boulware said he will be assigned a public defender.

Patterson is accused of shooting to death Larry Davis, 34, at Patterson's home, located at 7205 Meadow Circle, College Park, according to Clayton County Police Lt. Rebecca Brown.

The day of the shooting, family members told police that Patterson shot Davis after an argument and physical altercation, Brown said. She said Patterson was apparently intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Davis, who had been shot in the back, was transported to Southern Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries, Brown said.

Patterson is charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and obstruction, according to Brown.

"I'm not really sure that they [Patterson and Davis] are blood related," said Boulware, who represented the prosecution during Patterson's appearance in court Tuesday.

Patterson's mother, Andrua Patterson, told police in a written statement that her son and Davis were cousins-in-law, according to Boulware.

Several of Patterson's and Davis' family members attended Tuesday's court appearance, but declined to comment on the case.

Patterson is being held in the Clayton County Jail, and is scheduled for a bond hearing July 24.