JONESBORO — The attorney for convicted cop killer Johnathan Bun is expected back in court Monday morning to ask for a continuance in two outstanding criminal cases, one of which led to the 2011 death of Clayton County sheriff’s Deputy Rick Daly.
Lloyd Matthews said he will be in Clayton County Superior Court but doesn’t expect Bun to be brought in.
“I am sure he’ll be inside the courthouse but there’s no reason for him to be brought inside the courtroom because I’m just going to ask for a continuance,” he said.
Bun, 18, was sentenced Aug. 9 to life without parole plus 70 years after being convicted of murder in Daly’s July 20, 2011, shooting death. He was taken straight from the Clayton County Courthouse after sentencing to Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson for processing. It is unclear where within the prison system he will be housed.
Matthews said Bun, who has been locked up since the day Daly was killed, is making the adjustment to prison life. Because he was 17 at the time of the shooting, Bun was ineligible for the death penalty. He is appealing his sentence.
"He’s becoming philosophical about the fact that he’s going to be in prison for a long time,” said Matthews, who is not handling the appeal.
Matthews will continue to represent Bun through the final two cases against him. One involves an armed robbery at a beauty salon 20 days before Daly was killed. Police said Bun and Xavier Ladrell Carter, 19, robbed four female customers inside Illusions Hair Studio in Riverdale June 30, 2011. The two face 20 counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Carter, who is being held in the Clayton County Jail, testified Aug. 9 against Bun. Clayton County Chief Assistant District Attorney Erman Tanjuatco said Carter has been offered a plea deal to serve three years of a 10-year sentence for his testimony.
The other case involves the January 2011 armed robbery of Los Amigos Gift Shop in Forest Park when Bun was 16. Police said he followed an employee into the store office, produced a handgun and stole $200 in cash before fleeing in a white, four-door car. Warrants for aggravated assault and armed robbery were issued for Bun’s arrest July 6.
Testimony during Bun’s sentencing showed that he knew police were looking for him on the charges and that he’d told a detective he was not going to surrender.
When Daly spotted a car in which Bun was a front passenger, he attempted a felony traffic stop related to those warrants. Bun exited the car, fired from a stolen gun and killed Daly.
Matthews said he wants Bun to serve life in prison on the armed robberies to be served concurrently with the term he is serving for murder.