BEN HILL CO., GA (WALB) - A Fitzgerald family is thankful to see their family member's accused killers stay in jail.
Four of the seven suspects charged with killing Craigory Burch in January were denied bond in Superior Court Wednesday.
Burch's mother, grandmother, and sister all said the last few months have been terrible without him. They hope justice eases their pain.
The first of four suspects appearing before a judge Wednesday morning, Earnest Holcomb, acted as if the hearing was a joke.
He said, "hey baby," to a girl in the crowd.
After the judge denied bond for Earnest Holcomb, he agreed with another girl and made a comment about freeing him.
Inside, Burch's grieving mother was once again hit with reality.
"To know that I can't see him anymore, and he was such a good child. Our whole family has been torn," said his mother Leslie Collins.
Wayan Jordan, Dabrentise Overstreet, Holcomb, and Rosalyn Swain were all denied an opportunity at bond.
Three others are charged with helping plan the robbery and killing of Craigory Burch. Prosecutors said the group wanted a piece of Burch's nearly half million dollar lottery payout.
"People do things for no reason. And it's just really stupid for people to do stuff like that," said Burch's grandmother Sylvia Powers.
Burch's grandmother looked into the eyes of Burch's accused killers for the first time.
"All I was wanting was justice to be done and served right. And I do believe that we got that," said Powers.
Law enforcers are equally as pleased.
"We believe that they're, as the court held, that they're a danger to our community if they're released," said District Attorney Brad Rigby.
"Anytime you've got gang involvement, you have a serious threat to your community and for them to be in jail, we can control that threat," said Sheriff Bobby McLemore.
"Maybe things will get a little better now," said Powers.
The DA said the trials for the accused killers could start as early as June. One suspect remains in Colquitt County. One more suspect will have her bond hearing sometime next week.