Suspects expected to go before judge this week

Published 10:53 pm Monday, May 25, 2009

Two Selma men accused of attempted murder are expected to stand before a judge this week.

James Jones, 20, and Andrew Shelton, 21, allegedly shot a 24-year-old male Friday afternoon in the 400 block of Washington Street in the G.W.C. Homes area.

Both men were arrested Friday and placed in the jail under no bond. Jones and Shelton stayed in the jail over the Memorial Day Weekend, but that could change once they get in front of a judge.

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“The suspects should have a bond hearing Tuesday or Wednesday,” District Attorney Michael Jackson said. “We plan on asking for a very high bond for these two men.”

According to authorities, the victim was shot several times during the incident. Authorities have declined to identify the victim.

Full details of his condition were not known due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which controls what information can be released regarding the patient.

“The last report I heard was he was stable but had serious injuries,” Police Chief William T. Riley III said. “He is a little better than Friday so his condition has improved some.”

Events leading up to the Friday shooting are still not being released at this time.

Eyewitnesses, who wished to remain unidentified, said they heard gunshots and went outside to see what happened.

“I saw the boy was shot, but I didn’t see what happened before that,” a witness said. “Some people put him in a car and took him to the hospital though.”

Jones was arrested shortly after the 2:20 p.m. shooting. Shelton was arrested later in the evening.

“We hope the victim pulls through,” Jackson said. “I hear it is touch and go right now, but we hope for the best. We will continue to declare war on these gunslingers.”

The suspects now face a class-a felony. If convicted, they could spend 20 to 99 years in prison and receive a fine of up to $60,000.