Police: Man said he wanted gunshot to scare woman
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December 20, 2012 01:00 PM | 919 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MACON — A police officer says the 73-year-old man accused of gunning down a Georgia woman after his motorized wheelchair and her car bumped at a gas station told him that he only intended to scare the woman.

Macon police Sgt. Shermaine Jones interviewed Frank Reeves after the shooting. Jones testified in court Wednesday that Reeves told him that he intended to fire his gun in the air to scare 65-year-old Linda Hunnicutt.

Police say Reeves shot Hunnicutt after his wheelchair came into contact with her Buick outside a Macon gas station Dec. 4. She later died, despite efforts of bystanders to revive her on the pavement. Reeves now faces a murder charge.

Jones said that while there were two witnesses at the scene who tried to aid Hunnicutt, there were no eyewitnesses to the actual shooting. Police say there is video evidence, however, that shows Reeves raising his hand and Hunnicutt falling to the ground moments later.

The Telegraph reported details of Wednesday’s court hearing.

Reeves’ attorney, Veronica Brinson, said her client didn’t mean for anyone to get hurt.

“He’s very remorseful anyone’s dead from this incident,” Brinson said. “He doesn’t have a record. It’s very shaking to him. He wished that day had never occurred.”

After Wednesday’s hearing, a magistrate found that there was enough evidence against Reeves to move the case to Bibb County Superior Court.
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