May 22, 2008
Blakely, GA (WALB) - National Football League star Charles Grant is out on $10,000 bond after surrendering to the Early County Sheriff's Office Thursday. Now, all seven of the men indicted for involvement in a deadly shooting in Blakely have been booked.
Grant's attorney's declared he's not guilty.
New Orleans Saints Defensive End and former UGA player Charles Grant quietly climbed the steps to the Early County jail to face involuntary manslaughter charges. Members of the victim's family watched from a house across the street.
Korynda Reed, affectionately nicknamed "Possum", was a pregnant 23-year-old and mother of three. She was a bystander outside Pokey's nightclub when a brawl broke out between two groups of men.
"Me and her were just walking down the road, walking to the car," said the Victim's Cousin, Eric Yarbrough.
Reed was fatally shot. Grant and six other men were indicted and booked on charges of involuntary manslaughter and willfully fighting in public.
"Parties on both sides of the fence have been indicted. It's an unusual indictment, I've not seen one quite like it," said Grant's Attorney Edward Tolley.
The indictment claims Laquient Macklin, a childhood friend of Grant's was the gunman. He's charged with murder, feticide, and aggravated assault.
"He worked at the time of this incident for the state of Georgia as a corrections officer, he's a certified officer, and lives in Atlanta. He is not Charles Grant's bodyguard as was widely reported," said Tolley.
Woodrow Gray was also indicted for aggravated assault for stabbing Grant in the neck during the fight. Grant's attorney said they are disappointed with the indictment. "We do intend to plead not guilty and we do intend to fight this vigorously. "
Reed's family says the indictments bring some comfort. "It's a little bit better, but it's still really hard to lose someone you care for," said Yarbrough. "We're happy though, something's going to happen."
Reed's children will remain in the care of her mother. Grant is head back to New Orleans.
Grant's attorneys say Judge Ronnie Joe Lane will be the trial judge. They say when he sets a schedule, they'll know if Grant will be able to practice with the New Orleans Saints this summer.