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Phillips brothers’  denied bond, GBI  updates charges

Brothers Troy and Brad Phillips, the two men accused of fatally shooting Decatur County Sheriff Officer Captain Justin Bedwell, and charged with aggravated assault against Seminole County Sheriff Deputy Garrett Wooten, were denied bond in their first hearing in Bainbridge on Tuesday, March 2. 

Decatur County Magistrate Judge Maggie Smith denied their bond due to the danger and risk the brothers pose to the community.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations also updated the charges the two men are facing.

The Seminole County charges will include aggravated assault of a Peace Officer, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, possession of firearm during a crime, felony fleeing and attempting to elude, and reckless driving.

Their Decatur County charges will include felony murder, aggravated assault of a Peace Officer, party to the crime of murder, attempted home invasion, two counts of aggravated assault for the two occupants inside the home they attempted to shoot their way into, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The murder case will now move forward in Decatur County Superior Court. If convicted, the two men could face life in prison or the death penalty.

South Georgia District Attorney Joe Mullholland said he plans to meet with Bedwell’s wife, Katherine, and Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin to discuss  what they would like to see if convicted.

Although premature, Mullholland said he does not plan to offer anything less than life without parole. He hopes to try the case within the year to be able to bring closure to Katherine and the Bedwell family by January 2022.


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