ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Both men charged in a murder at the Brick House club in East Albany have now been granted bond, but tonight they both remain in jail.
Bond was set for Shenard Smith months ago, and yesterday, a judge set bond for Antonio Seay. They are both charged with the beating and shooting death of LaShelton Kenard Stanford and the D.A. Says more people may be charged in the killing.
It's rare that a murder suspect is granted bond, but it can happen as long as they appear before a Superior Court Judge. If both Seay and Smith make bond, they will be under house arrest, total lock-down, which requires them to ask for permission to leave the house.
At a bond hearing for 20 year old Antonio Seay, Judge Denise Marshall granted bond on the charges of murder, possession of a weapon during a crime, aggravated assault, street gang terrorism, and a probation violation despite the state's objections.
"The state's position with all homicides is that we oppose bond, but it's still the court's decision," said Greg Edwards, Dougherty District Attorney.
Seay and Shenard Smith are charged in the Valentine's Day beating and shooting death of LaShelton Kenard Stanford at Brick House Productions on Schilling Avenue.
"Right now there are currently at least 12 people that I know of who are involved and who have charges already pending in this case. There may be as many as 14 total when we bring the matter to the grand jury," said Edwards.
How soon that will happen isn't known. Murder is a bondable offense, but it doesn't always mean the suspect is released from jail. Since Sheriff Kevin Sproul took office two years ago, 24 murder suspects have appeared in court.
"Out of those 24, six have actually had a bond granted to them, with only three of the individuals posting a bond," said Sproul.
The judge must determine whether the defendant will flee, tamper with evidence, commit another crime, or intimidate witnesses. District Attorney Greg Edwards is working out the appropriate charges.
"Everybody that has been involved with this particular case, they're going to be given the appropriate charged which is going to be either malice murder or felony murder based on the evidence that we have gathered so far," said Edwards.
Right now Antonio Seay doesn't have bond on a probation violation and public indecency charge in an unrelated case. He also has a hold on him for another county.
Our calls to Judge Denise Marshall to explain why Antonio Seay was given bond, went unanswered.
Twenty-year old LaShelton Kenrard Stanford was shot seven times outside Brickhouse Productions. That business has since been shut down because of a history of problems there.