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Julius Lee

Julius Lee | accused of shooting a 19-year-old man in the chest near an eastside fast-food restaurant. Previously convicted of reckless discharge of a firearm in 2011 when he was 16 years old. 

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DECATUR — Bond has been set at $500,000 for Julius J. Lee, accused of shooting a 19-year-old man in the chest Friday night.

Lee, who was arrested Saturday, appeared before Circuit Judge Thomas E. Griffith on Monday morning.

“You just turned 19?” the judge asked him.

“Yes, sir,” Lee replied.

Griffith then told him he was being held on a charge of attempted murder. That announcement sparked several loud gasps from female supporters in the gallery.

When the judge agreed with the prosecutor’s recommendation and set Lee’s bond at $500,000, one woman shrieked “Ohhh” and another ran out of the courtroom.

 As a correctional officer led Lee from the courtroom, the woman who had shrieked shouted to him, “Good luck, baby.”

Lee was arrested about noon Saturday, after the victim and other witnesses identified him as the shooter, said an arrest affidavit by Decatur police detective Frank Hubbard.

About 11:25 p.m. Friday, police were sent to the area of 19th and Eldorado streets, to a report of a shooting. Officers discovered a 19-year-old man had been wounded in the chest, and he taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.

Witnesses told police Lee approached the victim near the McDonald’s parking lot and shot him in the chest, Hubbard wrote in his report.

“DPD detectives spoke to (the victim) at St. Mary’s Hospital, who positively identified Julius in a photo line-up,” the affidavit said.

Physicians told police the victim’s injuries were life-threatening. The following day, the victim’s condition was upgraded to stable.

Lee was convicted of reckless discharge of a firearm in 2011, when he was 16 years old. He received a sentence of 18 months of supervision and community service. That sentence was unsuccessfully completed, when he was charged with a theft case two months later, according to a court document.

Lee is being held in the Macon County Jail, pending his arraignment within a week.