By Kathy Jefcoats
JONESBORO — A College Park man is being held on $45,500 bond in the Clayton County Jail on charges related to a March collision that killed a stranded motorist.
Felton Orr Jordan Jr., 49, made his first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court on the charges filed April 15. He was in a wheelchair and his left arm was in a cast. Police said Jordan rear-ended a 2004 Nissan 350 ZX driven by Olvin Josue Gallo-Flores, 25, of Mableton. Jordan was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Express van at the time, said police.
Jordan told Magistrate Judge Tammi Long Hayward that he cannot make bond or hire his own attorney.
"I get Social Security, $858 a month," said Jordan. "The rent and light bill take it all."
He asked to be released on his own recognizance, holding up his injured arm and indicating the wheelchair.
"I'm not leaving or anything," he said.
Hayward denied the request.
"This court does not do OR bonds," she said.
Jordan also tried to explain what happened.
"The car was stalled in the middle of 285," he said.
Hayward cautioned him to not make statements but to discuss the case with his public defender.
Police said the Nissan was stalled on the westbound ramp from I-75 when Jordan rear-ended it. Jordan reportedly told police someone else was driving.
Jordan is charged with driving on a suspended license, homicide by vehicle, following too closely and obstruction of an officer for lying about the driver, said Hayward.
Jordan is to return to court May 13 for a preliminary hearing.
• A Morrow High School senior was ordered not to return to classes until his case is resolved after he was arrested for sexual assault of a fellow student. Terrell Kelvin Gardner, 18, was arrested Monday.
During his first appearance hearing, Hayward told him once he posts his $28,000 bond, he is to not return to school or have contact with the alleged victim. According to warrants, Gardner allegedly touched the private parts of another student in the band room after she told him to stop.
Gardner told Hayward he doesn't work and lives with his mother. She appointed him a public defender. According to court records, Gardner posted bond and was released from the Clayton County Jail.
• A suspected gang member on the Clayton County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List was arrested this week and made his first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court.
Labradford Butler, 23, of Bertha Court in Hampton is being held in the Clayton County Jail without bond on armed robbery and participation in criminal gang activity. Hayward set a $10,000 bond for battery under the Family Violence Act and appointed him a public defender.
According to arrest warrants, Butler and four others robbed two people Aug. 19 in Forest Park. Police said the group netted a backpack and wallet from one man and took a bank bag with $8,000 in it from a second man during the 1:40 a.m. alleged robbery.
Butler, also known as "Brad" and "Shaty Street," reportedly told police the robberies were part of an initiation into the Old Dixie Dolla gang.
All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.