Judge Won't Lower Bond For Pair Charged In Gang Shooting Outside Bayberry Apartments

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A judge on Thursday declined to lower the bond for two youths charged in a gang shooting outside the Bayberry Apartments that left Dequan Jamal Duke with a bullet in the neck.

 

The bonds "arguably could be higher," Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman said.

 

The bond for Hubbard for attempted first-degree murder is $250,000 and for Darrien Metcalf is $200,000. Tadarius Hester is also charged.

 

Hubbard and Hester were 18 at the time of the shooting last April 25. Metcalf was 21.

 

Judge Steelman said, "The vast majority of the people in this county would not even point a gun at another person."

 

He said Hubbard "is a dangerous person." He said no proof was offered in behalf of Metcalf.

 

Investigator Taylor Walker said the shooting took place near a large blue dumpster at the edge of the parking lot for the complex formerly known as the Woodlawns.

 

He said multiple shell casings fired from three different guns were found near the dumpster.

 

The investigator said the incident was caught on video, and a gang expert was able to identify the shooters.

 

He said Hubbard later was found with a .40 caliber handgun and he admitted firing it at the vehicle and emptying the weapon. He said 18 .40 caliber shell casings were at the scene.

 

Investigator Walker said the shooters were members of the Rolling 40 Crips and a member of the Bounty Hunters was in the car. He said the gang member was the brother of victim Dequan Duke.  He said the mother of the Duke brothers was also in the vehicle.

 

The witness said William Wright was found with another weapon believed used in the shooting by Metcalf. He said Wright is an associate of Metcalf. Wright was charged in the June shooting of two men whose bodies were found at a cemetery off Shepherd Road.  

 

The great-grandmother of Hubbard said she had raised him and often went with him to Juvenile Court hearings. She said he had been sent away to a juvenile facility. 

 



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