By Mehgaan Jones
Details of the alleged involvement of three suspects in the drive-by shooting of a male and female, on an entrance ramp to I-75 in Jonesboro, unfolded Thursday, in a Clayton County Magistrate Court hearing.
Magistrate Judge Bobby Simmons bound 19-year-old Markel Cobb's charges over to Superior Court.
Twenty-eight-year-old Andre Carroll's preliminary hearing will be set for a later date, because his lawyer, Christopher Toles, was not present in court on Thursday. "At this time, we have no comment on the case, and look forward to proving Mr. Carroll's innocence," said Toles, in a written statement.
A third suspect in the shooting, Tyreke Ryan, 19, was granted a $100,000 bond, according to court officials. Ryan is represented by attorney, Malcolm Wells.
The three men are charged with terroristic threats/acts, and aggravated assault, according to court documents in the case.
During Thursday's preliminary hearing, Clayton County Assistant District Attorney Adana Brumfield oversaw the case against co-defendant, Markel Cobb.
Clayton County Police Detective John Freeman testified that a witness, driving behind the two parties, on Jan. 6, at around 3 a.m., saw shots being fired from an Acura Legend (the suspects' vehicle), into a Ford Mustang, which was occupied by the victims.
Cobb's attorney, Victor Cuvo, argued that the witness may not have had a clear view of the origin of the gunshots. He added that the witness could not provide a description of the suspects.
The witness, Detective Freeman testified, saw five to seven shots being fired into the Mustang. "According to the witness, shots were not fired into the Acura," Freeman said. He said the witness was in a pick-up truck behind the two vehicles.
The victims of the shooting, Meshaun Humphry, 19, and Reco Minniefield, 25, were both injured in the incident, according to Freeman. "Minniefield was shot numerous times in the face, shoulder, and abdomen," Freeman said. Humphry -- the female victim -- was struck once, he said.
"Minniefield did not know who shot at him," Attorney Cuvo said. "The alleged victim [Humphry] is the only definite person who knows where the shots came from," he argued.
The suspects are pointing blame at each other, as to who did the actual shooting, according to police. Detective Freeman explained that Reco Minniefield's brother was interviewed about a possible feud between the two parties. "There was a retaliation with regard to a physical altercation and purchase of drugs," Freeman testified.
After the shooting, the suspects abandoned the Acura Legend, and K-9 dogs were able to track their scent to an EconoLodge Motel, on Frontage Road, in Forest Park, police said.
According to Freeman, an employee at the EconoLodge, said that Andre Carroll (the third suspect in the case) paid cash for room 211, at the motel, and even allowed the employee to make a copy of his driver's license.
"Video surveillance was obtained later that day," said Freeman. He added that the video shows the suspects leaving, and being picked up by a silver-colored four-door sedan. The driver, and tag number of the sedan were not identifiable on the surveillance video.
All three men were apprehended later, at the home of Markel Cobb, which is the address where the Acura is registered, said authorities.
Online records did not indicate the next scheduled court dates for the suspects.