LEE CO., GA (WALB) - Investigators say more charges could be filed in a deadly fight. The 5 adults and 2 juveniles made their first appearance Monday afternoon in front of a Lee County judge.
He granted them $25,000 bonds.
The group is charged with beating 50-year old Kent Adam and his son, 22-year old James Adam, at their Lee County home over the weekend. The father went to the hospital but refused medical treatment, and died later at this house.
Investigators are waiting for those autopsy results to determine a cause of death.
"What we have to do is just do a thorough investigation and take all of the information and put it together, and then with the district attorney's office, they will make the final decision as to what further charges will be brought forward," said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mike Walsingham.
The two juveniles are being held in Macon, and it is unclear what their bond status is at this point.
---Here is the full press release from the GBI---
Leesburg, Ga. - The Americus Office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the Lee County Sheriff's Office are announcing the arrest seven (7) individuals in the assault on Lee county residents Kent Griffin Adam, 50, and his son, James Calvin Adam, 22, at their residence located at 781 Flowing Well Road, Leesburg, Lee County, Georgia. The suspects were at the residence on invitation by James Adam when a physical altercation occurred during which James Adam was assaulted. The suspects left the residence, but returned a short time later and engaged in a second physical altercation with James Adam and Kent Adam. Both James and Kent Adam were seriously injured in the assault. James and Kent Adam transported themselves to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany where they ultimately refused treatment. The two returned to their 781 Flowing Well Road address where Kent Adam became unresponsive and died. An autopsy of Kent Adam was performed by the GBI crime lab in Macon today and the results are pending. James Adam was transported back to Pheobe Putney Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. The suspects fled the scene but were arrested by GBI agents and Sheriff's Deputies later on the morning of May 10th. Five (5) adults and two (2) juveniles were arrested/detained for the assaults. The following is a list of the adults arrested and their charges:
Aric William Lee Cates, 19, one (1) count Aggravated Assault and one (1) count Aggravated Battery
Terry James Gravett Jr., 21, one (1) count Aggravated Assault and one (1) count Aggravated Battery
Alexandrea Marie Cates, 20, one (1) count Aggravated Assault and one (1) count Aggravated Battery
Taylor Elaine Lewis, 17, one (1) count Aggravated Assault and one (1) count Aggravated Battery
Klaudia Jade Truluck, 17, one (1) count Aggravated Assault and one (1) count Aggravated Battery
The investigation into the incident is still ongoing by the GBI and the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
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