A 20-year-old Lowndes County man on bond for an assault charge in connection with a 2009 murder has returned to jail on an unrelated warrant.
At 4:15 p.m. Thursday, on the 1300 block of South Patterson Street, Lorenzo Bernard Countee Jr. was arrested and charged on a bench warrant for failure to appear in magistrate court on a county ordinance violation, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect along with five others were charged in connection with the July 5, 2009, shooting of 24-year-old Antonio Jermaine Mitchell and his passenger Desmond Jones at Stone Creek Apartments.
On that date, Valdosta police were dispatched to the apartment complex to find Mitchell dead inside a vehicle in the complex parking lot, along with the injured Jones near one of the apartment buildings. Both men suffered multiple gunshot wounds to their bodies, according to Valdosta police.
Two other suspects formerly charged in this case have also been released from jail on bond. Michael Mitchell, 18, posted a $35,000 bond, and Raynard Reid, 17, posted a $150,000 bond, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.
Countee posted bond after he was arrested and charged with felony murder and one count of aggravated assault, according to previous reports.
He had a contested bond hearing on Oct. 8, 2009 in Lowndes County Superior Court based on the original charges, and the judge set a bond of $150,000.
The murder charge against Countee was later dismissed.
At an April 30, 2010 bond hearing, facing charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault, the judge reduced his bond to $100,000. Countee bonded out of jail the same day. He was returned by the bondsman, subsequent to that, and then re-bonded on June 5, 2010, according to the Southern District Attorney’s office.
The suspect appeared earlier this week, as scheduled, in Lowndes County Superior Court for pre-trial motions. Countee’s case in relation to his aggravated assault and armed robbery charges is on the August 2 trial calendar, said Southern District Attorney David Miller.
The magistrate case is unrelated to last year’s shooting incident. Countee was in the Lowndes County Jail Friday, said Lowndes Sheriff Chris Prine.