Charges were dropped Thursday afternoon against an 18-year-old who was shot and injured during an Aug. 4 robbery. Police said last month they believed the teen to have been an accomplice in the crime.
Roddarous Bond was facing charges of two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, burglary of a motor vehicle and theft over $500 in the Aug. 4 incident.
But, when Bond, shackled and wearing blue jail clothing, was brought out Thursday afternoon before Jackson City Court Judge Blake Anderson, it was announced that the case against him was being dismissed.
Jackson Police Captain Tyreece Miller said it is the department’s understanding that because Thursday afternoon’s court session was the second setting that the victim of the crime didn’t show up, the judge decided to dismiss the case.
“Everyone has the right to a speedy trial,” Miller said.
Bond smiled and his family and friends in the courtroom celebrated. One of his family members could be overheard saying, “They had to let my baby go” while talking on her cell phone and wiping away her tears.
Jackson police said around 5:40 p.m. on August 4, officers were dispatched to Royal Arms Apartments, located at 1580 N. Royal Street, in regards to shots being fired. When officers arrived, they found shell casings in front of the 900 building.
According to an Aug. 16 news release from Jackson Police , the department then received a call to Trinity Food Mart, located at 1586 N. Parkway. A 19-year-old man told officers that as he was sitting in his car in front of the 900 building when he was approached by two men. Bond was identified by investigators as being one of the suspects.
The release said the suspects demanded money and Bond reached into the victim's car window and took his wallet and money that was laying in the car seat. As the victim drove away, the two men began shooting and struck his car numerous times. Neither the victim or his two-year-old son, who was also in the car, were struck by the gunfire.
Shortly afterward, Bond was brought by private vehicle to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital with a gunshot wound, the release said. Bond, who was listed in critical but stable condition, told officers and investigators that he was an innocent bystander who was struck in the back during the gunfire at Royal Arms Apartments.
The release said investigators determined that Bond was one of the robbers and that he was shot by his accomplice during the robbery.