Suspected murderer Rick Breedlove was denied bond Tuesday morning by Judge John Ott at the Newton County Judicial Center.
Breedlove is charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. On Nov. 6, he allegedly shot his girlfriend, Pam Spencer, 49, before turning the gun on himself in a failed suicide attempt.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Layla Zon depicted Breedlove as a threat to himself and others in the case citing his reported past tendencies toward violence. Witnesses and law enforcement reports indicate Breedlove had previously threatened Spencer with physical violence and, just days before the alleged murder, had threatened to kill her. Zon said there was a high likelihood that Breedlove might try to intimidate those witnesses if released on bond.
Chief Assistant Public Defender Teri Smith argued that Breedlove has been a Newton County resident for 20 years with many ties to the community. Most of Breedlove's family resides in the county, Smith said, and his mother had agreed to care for him while he continued to receive treatment from his self inflicted injuries.
Smith also pointed out that Breedlove believed he was not receiving adequate care in the Newton County Detention Center.
After hearing both arguments, Ott declined bail, specifically noting the lack of a mental evaluation for Breedlove.
"I am simply not willing to roll the dice on this case," Ott said.
During the reading of the charges against Breedlove and the summation of the case, Zon revealed Spencer had reportedly planned to leave the suspect after the alleged death threats. When Breedlove discovered this, he reportedly chased Spencer through the house before shooting her with a .357 Magnum revolver she had purchased for protection against him.
A call to 911 was reportedly made from the house before the shooting, but there was no one on the line when the dispatcher answered.
When deputies arrived, they reportedly found Spencer laying face down on the floor and Breedlove lying on his left side. The suspected murder weapon lay on the ground close to the suspect.
Breedlove was transported to an Atlanta area hospital where he was treated for his wounds. After two months of recovery, Breedlove was released from the hospital and transported to the jail. Newton County Sheriff's Lt. Bill Watterson said at one point doctors did not expect Breedlove to survive.
Clarence Benton, Brandon Hudnal, Terrance Reid, Marino Tuggle and Tervarius White were scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on charges stemming from the June murder of Kawasikis Ricks, but their hearings were postponed until March 13.
Kyle Holland's hearing was also delayed until March 13. Holland is charged with involuntary manslaughter, theft by taking and criminal trespass in connection with the death of 16-year-old Kerri Mincy. The victim was reportedly crushed by a front-end loader driven by Holland.
Convicted murderer Mazzetti Alexander was also on the court docket in a bid for a retrial of his case, but Zon said the matter would be handled out of court for the time being.