Cedric Dewayne Worles, 32, was formally arraigned on a charge of aggravated assault via video link a little after 8 a.m. Tuesday in Jackson City Court. Worles preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on March 28.
During the arraignment, Judge Blake Anderson read the affidavit of complaint and asked Worles if he had any other cases pending. Worles told Blake "no sir."
Seconds later, Anderson asked Worles if he had been arrested before. Worles told Anderson that he had been convicted of aggravated robbery and had just gotten out of prison in September, a few weeks before the October shooting.
After further questioning by Anderson, Worles said he was not working and was getting disability checks. He said he was also working on going to Pathway's for counseling, but said he did not have a drugs or alcohol problem.
Around 11:55 p.m. on Oct. 11, police received a "shots fired" call in the area of East College and McRee streets, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department. Shortly afterward, a 21-year-old man walked into the Madison County Sheriff's Department with a gunshot wound. He told police that he was visiting friends and that while he was sitting in his car in the 800 block of E. College Street, he was approached by two men. One of them was wearing a ski mask, according to an affidavit of complaint.
The men ordered him to get out of his car and when he refused, the man without the mask shot him in the left shoulder. The victim then drove to the sheriff's department for help.
Investigators identified Worles as the shooter, the release said. The victim identified Worles as the shooter after viewing a photo line-up, the affidavit said.
Anyone with information on the identity of the second suspect is asked to contact Sergeant Phillip Stanfill with the Jackson Police Department's Felony Response Team at 731-425-8410 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-8477 (TIPS). Submit a cyber tip at 424tips.org and click on “web tips”.