Judge: 19-Year-Old Murder Suspect Will Get Hearing

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A Bibb County magistrate says he will schedule a commitment hearing for 19-year-old murder suspect Ashley Brown, who surrendered Tuesday morning.

Brown was wanted on murder charges after 20-year-old Christopher Crowder was shot to death outside a west Macon Waffle House early Sunday morning. Xavier Phelps, 20, and Chanteira Granville, 19, were wounded.

Brown's attorney was not in court when he waived his right to a commitment hearing at his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.. Defense attorney Veronica Brinson later said she expected Brown's first appearance to be held Wednesday.

At a commitment hearing, the state explains why it's holding a defendant.  

Magistrate Cedric Leslie now says he will grant the hearing anyway. 

Brinson says she wants the commitment hearing to learn what evidence the state has against her client.

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Normally, the magistrate said the deadline to get a defendant on his daily court calendar is 9.a.m., but someone in the Bibb County Sheriff's Office "must have wanted to get the ball rolling" and moved Brown's appearance up to Tuesday.

Sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Gregory Rachel tells 13WMAZ that booking personnel send suspects to Magistrate Court "as soon as possible." 

Since Brown gave himself up to authorities, Rachel says expediting a first appearance is "an automatic process."

Brown is in the Bibb County jail on charges of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and a state court probation violation. 

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