SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) - A judge denied bond to three more men charged in a double homicide in Sumter County. 21-year old Demetrius Hubbard and 19-year old Demarcus Brown are charged with two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, and arson.
19-year old Shaquille Woods is accused of making false statements to investigators--a charge the judge clarified for him in the first appearance Friday morning.
"Told investigators with GBI, Sumter county sheriff's office and Americus police department that he had no knowledge in reference to stolen items that were taken in a burglary," read Magistrate Court Judge Connie Johnson.
Dallas and Bonnie Freeman were murdered in their home last Friday night.
Friday afternoon, investigators arrested a seventh suspect in the case. Demarcus Brown is now the third man charged with murder.
The sheriff told us from the beginning that multiple arrests would be made in this case. Four of the men aren't charged directly with the murders, but the sheriff reiterated to me that anybody involved in this case should expect stiff punishment.
"I hate to see young people doing this kind of crime," said Sheriff Pete Smith.
Six of the seven people charged in connection with a double murder are under the age of 22. The arrests all come within one week of when Bonnie and Dallas Freeman were found shot to death in their burning Leslie home.
"We've worked diligently around the clock to bring these people to justice. It's just a sad sad crime that two people had to die," said Sheriff Smith.
Only three men are charged with murder so far, but Sheriff Smith says anyone who had knowledge of the crime or came in contact with the stolen guns will face stiff punishments.
"They placed something in a particular place or they drove a vehicle; they're associated, and they're a party to this crime, and they're going to be prosecuted for that," said Sheriff Smith.
"So is that a misdemeanor or a felony?" asked Shaquille Woods.
"This is a felony," said Judge Johnson.
Shaquille Woods is one of 6 men denied bond thus far, all waiting to appear before a superior court judge due to the murder investigation. Quinterrious Dodson was shocked he was denied bond Wednesday.
"A lot of people don't think about that. They don't think that they're going to be in any trouble," said Sheriff Smith.
Investigators have said all along that the men arrested are in a local gang and were after guns that Dallas Freeman had at his home. Sheriff Smith said none of them is cooperating.
"These folks know how to play the game and they know how a lot of times to make it difficult for law enforcement to catch them and that's our job and we're going to keep striving to do that," said Sheriff Smith.
It's unclear if more arrests will be made.