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DECATUR — Two Decatur men appeared in Macon County Circuit Court Wednesday pleading not guilty to the attempted murder of two male victims shot and wounded in a car.

Tyronn L. Ricks, 29, denied the two attempted murder charges along with four counts of aggravated battery and one count of being an armed habitual criminal. Jamaal A. Jackson, 26, also pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder as well as two counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

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Giving evidence, Decatur Police Officer Chad Reed said the shooting happened around 10:45 p.m. April 17 near East Decatur and South Franklin streets. Under questioning from Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott, Reed said a Cadillac with Jackson driving and Ricks as passenger had first driven past a vehicle with the two victims in it. The Cadillac then swung around, came back and multiple shots rang out, one victim suffering a wound to his lower back and the other a wound to his abdomen, he said.

“Did (one of the victims) state the driver of the vehicle was defendant Jackson and the shooter was Tyronn Ricks?” asked Scott. Reed replied that was correct. The officer said the victims also picked both defendants out of a photo line-up.

Questioned by Chief Public Defender David Ellison, who represented both defendants in separate hearings, Reed was asked if one of the victims, the driver of their car, had not later recanted his statement that Jackson was one of the suspects involved.

Reed said he was not able to confirm that.

Judge Phoebe Bowers found probable cause to try both Ricks and Jackson and scheduled a pretrial hearing for June 4 for Jackson and June 5 for Ricks. Both men remained in the custody of the Macon County Jail Thursday night in lieu of posting bond set at $500,000 each.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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