By Jason A. Smith
The attorney for a man charged with stealing from four people in a Stockbridge neighborhood, described his client as a "good kid" whose family helped to convince him to surrender to authorities.
Atlanta lawyer, Page Pate, said his office is in the beginning stages of building its case in support of 20-year-old Xavier Jamal Winston, of Jonesboro.
"Mr. Winston and his family had wanted to make arrangements for Mr. Winston to turn himself in, even before they hired us," Pate said. "We simply assisted in that process. They are all doing their best to help us, help him ..."
Winston, who is charged with armed robbery, appeared in Magistrate Court Tuesday, without Pate present. Judge Martin Jones reset a preliminary hearing in the case for Oct. 14.
The suspect is being held without bond in the Henry County Jail.
Winston turned himself in to the jail around 11:30 p.m., Monday, according to Henry Sheriff's Capt. Allan Farmer, commander of the Warrants Division at the agency.
Winston is the second of two men charged in connection with an alleged Aug. 4 robbery on Kerrith Drive in Stockbridge. Henry County Police reportedly believe Winston and Fabian Fitsory Parker, 20, of Stockbridge, robbed James Wright, Darius Johnson, Touranne Das and Dominique Thompson at gunpoint.
Warrants for both men state they allegedly stole cell phones, money and jewelry from the victims.
Parker appeared in Magistrate Court Monday, represented by the Public Defender's Office, court records show. Judge Wesley Shannon bound Parker's case over to Superior Court, according to those records.
Pate, who said he was not present for Winston's first appearance in Magistrate Court Tuesday, added that he plans to represent Winston at the Oct. 14 hearing. For now, the attorney said, it is too early for him to comment on the charge against his client.
"We have not seen any of the statements or other evidence, in the possession of the police department," said Pate. "We hope to review that later this week."